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  • Updated: November 11, 2023

Bayelsa poll: INEC official kidnapped, result sheets lost amid boat mishap

Bayelsa poll: INEC official kidnapped, result sheets lost am

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reports that one of its staffers has been kidnapped in Bayelsa state's Sagbama LGA while also noting that a boat mishap occurred leading to the loss of INEC result sheets. 

Wilfred Ifogah, the state's head of INEC voter registration, said in a statement on Friday that the electoral worker was abducted while waiting to board a boat at the jetty.

He further claimed that a boat transporting election officials and equipment to the southern Ijaw LGA overturned, and that result sheets were lost as a result.

"We wish to confirm that a boat carrying election personnel to registration area 17 (Koluama) in southern Ijaw LGA capsized," the official stated.

"Fortunately, no lives were lost because all 12 election workers and the boat operator were rescued. However, we lost our result sheets, power banks, and luggage containing staff personal effects.

"There are 5,368 registered voters in the affected registration areas, and 5,311 PVCs have been collected. INEC is working hard to ensure that elections are held in the affected areas.

"In addition, INEC reports that its SPO assigned to registration area 06 (Ossioma) in Sagbama LGA was kidnapped while waiting to board at Amassoma jetty.

"The security agencies have been notified", the INEC official pointed out in the statement.  

Before today's governorship election in the state, hundreds of women surrounded the offices of the Bayelsa State Police Command, demanding that the Commissioner of Police, CP, Tolani Alausa, be redeployed.

Protesters, most of whom were clad in black, also urged President Bola Tinubu and Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun to guarantee a peaceful election in the state.

The ladies brandished signs with messages such as 'IG- The Police must be impartial', 'Change CP Alausa for a violence-free poll', 'We say No to CP Alausa', and 'Give us another CP, we don't want Tolani Alausa'.

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