Ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki has declared Friday, the 18th of September, 2020, as a work-free day.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Edo State Head of Service, through the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Aziegbemhin P.E.
The statement noted that the declaration of a work-free day was to enable workers in the State Public Service to travel to their respective Constituencies to exercise their franchise.
It read in part: “Sequel to the forthcoming Edo State gubernatorial election scheduled to hold on Saturday September 19, 2020, Mr. Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has approved Friday 18th September 2020 as a work-free day to enable workers in the State Public Service travel to their respective Constituencies to exercise their franchise.
“Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments are requested to bring the contents of this circular to the attention of their staff.”
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Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in the State.
The vehicular movement restrictions, according to DCP Frank Mba, would commence from 11:59 p.m on Friday to 6.00 p.m on Saturday.
Mba disclosed that the order was part of the efforts by the police to ensure orderliness and safety during the election.
He said the restriction was informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation, and use of illicit arms and hard drugs during the election.
The police spokesperson added that it was also to checkmate the movement of political thugs and other criminally minded individuals from contiguous states from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes.
He regretted any inconveniences the restriction order would cause the citizens while urging them to see the restriction as part of the necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.