Nigeria’s gubernatorial and state assembly elections have begun in several regions of the country.
In addition to setting up sensitive and non-sensitive voting materials in the 176,606 polling locations spread across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) arrived at polling units across the nation with voting materials.
Most voting units opened for registration and voting at 8:30 am. 87 209 007 Nigerians hold Permanent Voter Cards, according to INEC
Police officers and other security personnel are also seen at the voting locations.
The elections has moved to the states since the Independent National Election Commission announced the results of the February 25 presidential and national assembly elections, amidst legal wrangling.
The governorship elections, are scheduled to take place in 28 of the Federation’s 36 states and a total of 18 political parties have fielded eligible candidates. Eight states’ governorship elections—Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Kogi, Osun, and Ondo—are held off-year because of legal disputes and judicial rulings, nonetheless, there will be elections for state legislators in each of the 36 member states of the Federation.
For the 993 seats in the State Houses of Assembly, there are thousands of contenders.
In alphabetical order, the 28 states where governorship elections will hold are: Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara.