Bayelsa electionAfter taking results from four local government areas where governorship re-run election was held in Bayelsa State, the Independent National Electoral Commission said it will reconvene later in the day to conclude the process.
Officials of the electoral body that handled elections in Brass, Yenagoa, Sagbama and Ogbia Local Government Areas announced the results in the early hours of Sunday – between 12:00am and 2:00am local time.
After the results from Ogbia were announced the electoral body said it would take a break and reconvene in the morning by 11:00am.
Results are expected from Southern Ijaw and some other polling units in two other local government areas – Kolokuma/Opokuma and Nembe – to conclude the election that was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the initial poll on December 5.
The Southern Ijaw Local Government Election was cancelled on the December 7, 2015, due to violence, ballot box snatching and stuffing, harassment and abduction of electoral officials.
Southern Ijaw Local Government has a total of 120, 827 registered voters, 425 Polling Units and five Voting Points.
Thirty-eight thousand registered voters in 102 Polling Units across six Local Governments – Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Sagbama, Yenagoa and Ogbia – also participate in the election to conclude the Bayelsa State governorship election earlier scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015.
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 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.
Earlier, Channels Television’s correspondent in Bayelsa, Seun Okinbaloye, 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.