Bayelsa Re-run Election :INEC To Announce Result Today
The Independent National Electoral Commission says it will reconvene later today to conclude the process, of the governorship re-run election held in Bayelsa State Saturday.
Thirty-eight thousand registered voters in 102 Polling Units across six Local Governments – Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Sagbama, Yenagoa and Ogbia participated in the election to conclude the Bayelsa State governorship election.
The Southern Ijaw Local Government Election was cancelled due to violence, ballot box snatching and stuffing, harassment and abduction of electoral officials.
During the collation, some party agents raised issues with the process in Brass Local Government Area, citing cases of malpractices and irregularities.
A party agent has called for the cancellation of the election in Brass.
Responding to issues raised, the Returning Officer said all complaints should be forwarded to the commission’s office, promising that they would be addressed accordingly.
Channels Television’s correspondent in Bayelsa, said election materials arrived early at some polling units in Yenagoa, but other areas such as Southern Ijaw got election materials late.
INEC had promised early delivery of materials to polling units where voting took place.
To fast-track the process, INEC revised its election guideline on Friday, making it possible for accreditation and voting to go on simultaneously.
A call from Ekeremor, hometown of Minister of Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, says 8 people are feared dead. Also there has been hijack of materials,
There was a case of hijacking of materials at otuokpoti, Ogbia LGA, but the situation was rescue by Operation Pulo Shield. Two persons have been arrested, one escaped.