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As it happened: #BayelsaElections 1

09 January 2016, 15:00

14 00 Fake INEC official arrested 

Security operatives have arrested a fake official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Famgbe, Yenagoa.

He was reportedly hired to help rig the election in the area. 

He reportedly made confessional statement indicting some government officials.

13;50 Two people were reported killed on Saturday during the voting exercise in Otuan unit.

They were killed when thugs belonging to a political party opened fire on voters, who were about to cast their votes in the unit.

Twelve other people were injured in the process.

13. 40 Sporadic shooting disrupts election in Amatolo

Electoral materials for Amatolo community could not be taken to the riverside settlement following reports of sporadic shooting in the area

INEC (ad-hoc staff) and election materials ‎are secured at the distribution centre at Amassoma by a combined team of policemen and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps with armed soldiers guarding the entrance leading to the centre.

13. 30 According to NAN:  Two people suspected to be agents of one of the political parties involved in Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Bayelsa have been arrested for allegedly snatching a ballot box.

The suspects were arrested by soldiers at Otuokpoti Unit 1, Ward 2, Ogbia Local Government Area, where the box was allegedly snatched.

The suspects were said to have forcefully carried the ballot box while polling was ongoing at the unit.

The incident caused pandemonium at the unit but after the suspects were taken away, accreditation and voting resumed.

An Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official in the ward, who did not want to be named, confirmed that security reinforcement had been sent to the area and that election would continue.

A member of the security team in the ward said that the suspects would be taken to Yenagoa, the state capital, while investigation would be carried out on the incident.

However, Police in the state said they were yet to receive report on the incident.

Spokesman of the command, Mr Asinim Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said it was possible that such incident occurred in the polling area but that the command had not received report on it.

Butswat, however, told NAN that the situation was calm in most polling units where the election was being conducted.

The supplementary election in the state is holding in Southern Ijaw and in 101 polling units in other parts of the state where the Decenber 5, 2015 governorship poll was cancelled due to violence.

According to Butswat, reports from the units indicate that all is calm.

" The command has done necessary deployments to all polling units. In most units, accreditation and voting have commenced and it has been peaceful so far.

" Our men are on ground and are on top of the situation,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, accreditation and voting began in Otuabagi, Otuekemi and other units in Ward 12, Ogbia Local Government Area between 08:15 and 08:40.

It was observed the card reader in the polling units were functional.

Mike Ebong, a voter in unit 16 who assessed the conduct of the exercise told NAN that it was orderly.

Another voter,  James Tariowrie, said that he decided to vote for the betterment of the state. 





12:56 Many on social media are asking how there can there be so much security presence, yet such level of lawlessness


12:52 Vanguard reports that voting material for Amatolo community could not be taken yo the riverside settlement following reports of sporadic shooting in the area.

Read more here


Accreditation yet is yet to start at West Bomo Ward, Southern Ijaw LGA



1100 Reports from some polling units in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area suggest that the voting exercise is being marred by electoral violence and intimidation.

In Clark Gbene unit, Tamogbene Town. electoral materials were alleged to have been hijacked by thugs loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and taken to Oweigbene.

In Biseni,  unidentified miscreants disrupted elections in three polling units in the area.

However, timely intervention by the police brought the situation under control.

A clash also broke out between supporters of the APC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Unit 6 Ward 10, Amassoma,  

The police had to use force to disperse the supporters.

There were also reports of late arrival of INEC officials and electoral materials in

10.50 Voting commences in some polling units

Voting has commence in some polling units where are elections are being held.

Voters were allowed to cast their votes immediately they were accredited

10 30 PDP accuses APC of bribing INEC officials with N30 000 to doctor results

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of bribing officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to doctor the results of the supplementary elections in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

The party said each INEC officials was offered N30 000 each to authenticate the results already prepared by the APC.

10.12 INEC changes procedures for voting

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has changed the procedures for voting in Saturday’s supplementary elections in Bayelsa State.

Unlike in previous exercises, where voters are first accredited and come back later to vote, the commission has decided that voters should cast their votes immediately they are accredited.

INEC's decision to allow accreditation and voting to go side by side is to ensure voting exercise does not go into the midnight.

10.10 Accreditation commences in most polling units

Accreditation of voters has started in some polling units.

10.00 Electoral materials yet to arrive in most polling units

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are yet to be seen in some of the polling units where elections will be held.

Voters are already waiting for the officials to arrive.

Accreditation of voters was expected to have started about 2 hours ago

9.30 Thugs chase away voters from Famgbe Ward 2

The Peoples Democratic Party has accused political thugs loyal to the All Progressives Congress of chasing away voters at Famgbe Ward 2 in Southern Ijaw Local Government.

9: 20 INEC officials arrive polling units.

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have started arriving at the various polling units where elections would be held.

The officials were accompanied by armed security men made up of the police and military.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is ready for the polls.

9:06 According to Punch: The local government has a total of 120 827 registered voters, 425 polling units and five voting points.

38 000 registered voters in 102 polling units across six local governments of Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Sagbama, Yenagoa and Ogbia will also participate in the supplementary poll to conclude the Bayelsa State governorship election earlier scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015.

Read more at Punch


Punch reports that fear of violence has gripped the Bayelsa state, with observers said to be scared of participating in the rerun because of tension.

One of the observers expressed the fear that the rerun could turn bloody because "there are unfriendly signs in the atmosphere".

Read more here

7:52 Social media is abuzz with people tweeting about the Bayelsa elections. Read some of the tweets below.

opeyemi y ‏@ope2y 
#BayelsaElection What sadden my heart most is that the 2Major Candidates(PDP & APC )are all Christians.#PowerDesperation

unique B®aids salon ‏@UniqueBraidsLtd 
#BayelsaElection could have been more peaceful and better if these participant have no selfish interest and intentions! #BuhariDecides

Theresa Tekenah ‏@MissTekenah 
We have immense confidence in the military to provide adequate protection for all voters irrespective of party affiliation #BayelsaElection

7:45 tori.ng is reporting that  a sanction has been imposed on police personnel who escort their principals to polling units.

"VIPs, political appointees are advised to desist from using security men as escorts to polling units,” spokesperson of the Bayelsa State police command, Asinim Butswat was quoted as saying.

Read more here.

7:31 CAJ reports that some politicians on Friday urged contestants in the Bayelsa governorship election to adhere to the electoral rules and guidelines for a hitch- free exercise.

The politicians said in separate interviews in Lagos that strict adherence to the rules guiding the electoral process would help to avert violence.

Dr Yunusa Tanko, the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP) urged the Idependent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide a level playing ground for all contestants.

"Open transparency to all is the key issue. For example, when you bring in materials for the election, ensure that all the contesting political parties have authentic information as regards the to the materials that are being brought.

"And at the time in which they are being brought; publicise it. That will build confidence.
Read more here

The people of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State will on Saturday decide who the next governor of the state will be.

This comes following the inconclusive December 5 governorship election between incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson, who is the candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and a former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The election could not produce a winner after violence prevented the people of the council from voting on December 5.

The area was turned into a battle ground by political thugs, a development that led to the cancellation of the exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Before the election was declared inconclusive, Dickson was leading in six of the seven local government areas of the state declared by INEC.

Read more here.

- News24 Nigeria


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