Bayelsa Drama Prolonged as INEC Declares Governorship Election Inconclusive

OrderPaperToday – After 48 hours of drama and suspense characterised by long delays, violence, machine malfunctions, and postponement of results collation, the Bayelsa state governorship election has declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This was after results have been collated and announced for 7 of the 8 local government areas that make up the state.

INEC said wide-scale violence, thuggery and ballot snatching had necessitated the cancellation of Southern Ijaw local government area and thus made the election inconclusive.

The commission said a new date for that particular poll would be announced later.

However, Gov. Seriake.Dickson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was already leading his closest rival, Timipre Silva of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with well over 20,000 votes from the 7 LGAs already announced. He had won six of the 7 councils convincingly, leaving only Brass LGA for the APC.

The election which held in most parts of the state on Saturday was however put off till Sunday in Southern Ijaw local government area following incidences of violence which tasked hordes of security agencies deployed to provide a safe atmosphere for the polls.

Collation of results from the local government areas in Yenagoa which began on Sunday evening was postponed to 10.am Monday but did not begin till about 11.30am with only three LGA results expected. After several hours and still Southern Ijaw failed to turn up, INEC announced a cancellation in the LGA.

These are the results so far released: Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA, PDP scored 7619 and APC 6896; Ogbia LGA- PDP 13051, APC 9106; Yenagoa LGA- PDP 24258, APC 14563; Nembe LGA- PDP 10768, APC 6974; Ekeremor LGA-PDP 14602, APC 7918; Sagbama- PDP 28934, APC, 5382 ; Brass- PDP 6516, APC 21755

Recall that during accreditation on Saturday, the card reader devices recorded some failures including inability to capture former president Goodluck Jonathan’s fingerprints and that of his family.

The police said they had arrested some 10 persons in connection with electoral violence while the military-led Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Paulo Shield also announced arrests and seizure of arms and ammunition from some political thugs.

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