Joy Emmanuel Yenagoa
As residents of Bayelsa state troop out to cast their votes at the ongoing Governorship Election today, accreditation and voting commenced simultaneously about 8:00 am, the stipulated time by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in many parts of Bayelsa state.
According to election observers’ field report, in some parts of Yenagoa, Ogbia, Ekeremor and Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Areas, accreditation and voting commenced a little behind schedule, about 9:00 am.
In Brass and Nembe, Southern Ijaw LGAs, we learnt that the atmosphere was calm and peaceful, with the presence of security personnel, as electorates crowd their various polling units to exercise their franchise.
At Ogbolomabiri, Nembe, INEC ad-hoc staff arrived the Registration Area Centers (RAC) at Nembe National Grammar School, about 7:00 am where materials were sorted and arranged for easy distribution to the various units.
Especially in Ward1 Unit 1, Ward 2, Unit 1 and Ward 2, Unit 8, all in Ogbolomabiri, materials and INEC ad-hoc staff arrived about 7.45am to setup the units as prospective voters waited patiently.
Meanwhile, in Ogbia LGA, the INEC was yet to dispatched both sensitive and non-sensitive materials to the RACs in Ward 12 and 13 both located in Otuoke and Otuokpoti Communities about 9:45 amSpeaking to journalists Mr John Ebiladei, the RAC Manager of Ward 13 and Mr Festus Abulema, the RAC Manager of Ward 12, confirmed that materials are to arrive the various polling units and centers, promising that voting would soon commence.
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Meanwhile, in Southern Ijaw, there are reports that election materials have been hijacked by unknown gunmen in some area while materials were said to have been destroyed by hoodlums at the RAC at Ekeremor Town in Ekeremor local government area