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Bayelsa REC says INEC ready to conduct  free, fair, credible poll

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu

*Urges youths to shun violence


By Edighomor Victor,Yenagoa.



The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Bayelsa, Mr Monday Udoh, has restated the Commission’s readiness to conduct free, fair and credible election for the people of Bayelsa, come November 16, 2019.


Udoh stated this on Wednesday during Stakeholders Meeting with INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in Yenagoa, were he enjoined all political parties to play by the rules and refrain from violence, that may lead to cancellation of elections or results.


He said INEC in Bayelsa is ready to conduct free, fair and credible election, that will be rancour free.


The REC, urged the electorate not to sell their votes for money, for it is against the law, that it should be avoided on the election day.


He urged all the candidates to avoid hate speech, during and after the elections, for that will not be entertained.


Udoh, said INEC is ready to partner with the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Airforce, for material to get to the coastal rural areas.


He said: “Campaign should be issue based, we are discouraging vote buying on the election day, because the Commission will not take it kindly.


“On the issue of logistics, the office is working on early arrival of men and materials at the polling units.


“It has been resolved that materials shall be deployed from the state office to the Registration Area Centres.


“Due to the early arrival of the non-sensitive materials batching has been carried out by the electoral Officers for ease of distribution,” he said.


Earlier in his speech, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, said the people must change their behaviour, during and after the election for the sake of peace.


He said the Police is ready to provide enabling environment for all Governorship candidates of various political parties in Bayelsa.


Represented by the Deputy Inspector General DIG, in charge of Operations, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, said over 30,000 Policemen will be deployed for the conduct of the elections.


He said: “It is our duty and other security agencies that are here to protect the INEC staff and individuals.


“I want to ask the politicians to ensure they talk to their supporters to ensure that peace reigns in the day of election.


“Politicians are not to allowed to move freely, they should vote and go back to their various houses, for movement is restricted on the day of election,” he said.



In his remarks, the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC, Chairman, Mr Eneye Ziduogha, said the 2015 Governorship election in Bayelsa, was recorded with high level of violence that resulted to killing and maiming of people.


He urged the security agencies not to be partisan and avoid been compromised by any individual or political party.


The IPAC Chairman, appealed women should be given a different lines to queue during the Nov. 16, elections in Bayelsa.


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