INEC shifts polls in eight constituencies in Bayelsa

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rescheduled the House of Assembly elections in eight of the 24 constituencies of Bayelsa State.

 Instead of holding today, the affected constituencies will hold their elections on April 18.

 The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Baritor Kpagih, said in a statement yesterday that the affected constituencies are Ekeremor Constituencies 1, 2, and 3; Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituencies 1 and 2; Sagbama Constituencies 1 and 2; and Southern Ijaw Constituency 1.

 Kpagih said the election would hold as scheduled in  other 16 constituencies today.

Surprisingly, the REC failed to state the reason for the postponement.

 He, however, stated that the election was shifted because of the position of stakeholders that election should not hold ‘without full complements of the ballot papers.’

 He said: “Following the stand of the stakeholders that no election should take place in the state without full complement of ballot papers, having regard to the total PVCs distributed, the State House of Assembly election slated for today in Bayelsa State has been rescheduled to Saturday,  April 18.”

It was gathered that the political parties and their candidates insisted on the postponement because of irregularities  in the ballot papers for the constituencies.

It was further learnt that the numbers of ballot papers sent to the constituencies were inadequate.

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