The card readers deployed for the supplementary poll in Southern Ijaw on Saturday performed optimally in places visited amidst incidents of ballot box snatching in some polling units in Amasoma Southern Ija LGA.

Voters who expressed their views to reporters commended  INEC for correcting the lapses that beset the card readers on December 5, 2015.

Michel Ebi a domestic election observer in Anyama Ijaw noted that the card readers worked effectively in the area.

" The card readers are very effective, they are performing well and we have no problems with it, INEC did well and corrected the problems noticed during the cancelled polls last year.

"If INEC continues this way, we shall be making progress in our electoral system," he said.

At Peremabiri community, Koulama 1 and Koulama 2, and Okolobama the card readers were working well and was used for authentication of Permanent Voters Cards and accreditation of voters.

Voting and accreditation commenced simultaneously across the communities visited across in Southern Ijaw.

Delays in arrival of election materials compelled voting to be delayed in Koluama 1 and Koluama 2 as well as Peremabiri and other areas where voting and accreditation started by 12 noon.

At Oporoma,  headquarters of Southern Ijaw turn out was massive and peaceful.

There were reports of violence in Nembe where some five people were reportedly killed, but  Police spokesman in Bayelsa, Mr Asinim Butswat said,  a Deputy Superintendent of Police said the incident was yet to be reported.

He said that the election was peaceful in most places.

At Amatolo, Ward 10, Southern Ijaw, more than 100 INEC officials, ad-hoc staffers and election materials were stranded at the Registration Area Centre in the area till 12 noon.

It was gathered that officials were waiting to be transported by boat to their polling units.

There was adequate security in places visited in Southern Ijaw. 

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