Bayelsa Election: INEC deploys two national commissioners, eight RECs to monitor the process

Two National Commissioners and eight Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) would be deployed to Bayelsa State for the November 11 governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Tuesday.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who was represented at the meeting in Yenagoa by the National Commissioner in charge of Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers, May Agbamuche-Mbu, said all sensitive and non-sensitive materials to be used were ready are for deployment to polling stations.

He, however, noted that any BVAS machine that does not have INEC data on it should be avoided as all sensitive materials are custom made.

Yakubu reiterated that the commission is committed to making the elections free, fair and credible.

“For more effective supervision of the process, we are deploying two national commissioners and eight local election commissioners to support our office in Bayelsa. I want to assure you of our commitment to free, fair and credible elections next Saturday,” Yakubu said.

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He added: “I want to let you know that our BVAS are customized for INEC, so INEC data and the name of the parties are on the BVAS, so any BVAS you see without INEC data cannot be from INEC are.

“One more thing: we have the list of the serial number of the BVAS we are going to use; the results sheets are signed at the polling stations.

“Where there is violence, it will be zero; we will not return to that polling station to hold the elections.

“We have recruited and carefully trained all categories of ad hoc personnel to be deployed in the field, all non-sensitive materials have been distributed to all eight local government offices of the state, and voter education and sensitization is underway.”

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Yakubu added: “We have arranged the transportation of staff and materials to ensure that polling stations open as scheduled on election day.”

On his part, the state Commissioner of Police, Tolani Alausa, said the police were fully prepared to ensure peaceful elections on Saturday.

Represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Ijamah Daniel, Alausa said the force would deploy sufficient personnel for the elections.

“We will deploy three to six people at each polling station; out there, the IGP has deployed as many as 21 mobile police units, under tactical units such as the Special Forces, Counter Terrorism Unit and Special Protection Unit are all coming to Bayelsa.

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“I will advise each and every one of us to be law abiding because we are ready to withstand any kind of challenge that may arise, we are equal to the task,” he said.

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