INEC Chairman: No Vote Count in Violent Polling Units, INEC’s Stance

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has made it clear that votes will not be counted in any polling unit where violence occurs during the upcoming governorship election in Bayelsa. This announcement was made by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, during a stakeholders meeting in Yenagoa.

Yakubu, represented by the INEC National Commissioner supervising Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, and Rivers, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, emphasized that INEC would deploy BIVAS (Biometric Voter Accreditation System) to all polling units for the election. He assured the stakeholders that INEC’s BIVAS system would bear the commission’s details and party names, and they had a record of the serial numbers of the BIVAS they were using.

He stated, “Where there is violence, it will be zero; we will not return to that polling unit to conduct the election.” Yakubu also highlighted the recruitment and training of ad hoc staff, the distribution of non-sensitive materials, and ongoing voter education and sensitization.

He added, “We have arranged the transportation of personnel and materials to ensure that the polling unit opens on schedule on election day. For more effective supervision of the process, we are deploying two National Commissioners and eight resident electoral commissioners to support our office in Bayelsa. I wish to assure you of our commitment to a free, fair, and credible election come Saturday.”

The state commissioner of police, Mr. Tolani Alausa, affirmed that the police were fully prepared to ensure a peaceful election and that sufficient personnel would be deployed. He advised everyone to be law-abiding, as they were ready to face any challenges that might arise.

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