The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday confirmed the abduction of one of its personnel in Bayelsa State, hours to the commencement of the governorship election.
Wilfred If.h, Head of Voter Education and Publicity disguised this in a late-night statement issued on behalf of the State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga.
“INEC also reports that its SPO assigned to Registration Area-06 (Ossioma) in Sagbama LGA was abducted while waiting to board a boat at Amassoma Jetty. The security agencies have been notified,” the statement read.
While noting that the Commission had commenced the movement of Personnel and electoral materials to the Registration Area Centers as of Friday, If.h, confirmed that a boat carrying election personnel to Registration Area-17 (Koluama) in Southem Ijaw had capsized.
“Fortunately no life was lost as all the election personnel numbering 12 and the boat operator were rescued”, he stated.
If.h added that the commission however lost its results sheets for the elections but that efforts were underway to ensure the smooth conduct of election in the area.
“We however lost our result sheets, power banks and luggage containing personal effects of staff.
“The total number of registered voters in the affected Registration Areas is 5368 and the number of PVCs collected is 5311. INEC is making efforts to ensure the conduct of election in the affected area,” If.h disclosed.
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