On Tuesday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) provided confirmation on the specific count of party representatives ready to compete in the nearest governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states.
Following the deadline for submission of candidate lists via INEC’s dedicated portal, the political bodies report indicated that 34,704 candidates will represent the Bayelsa State, 65,274 for Imo State, and 37,995 for Kogi State, amounting to an aggregate of 137,973 agents.
The INEC statement signed and issued to news reporters by Sam Olumekun, the National Commissioner and Chair of the Information and Voter Education Committee within INEC, suggests that, based on intricate scrutiny, it became evident that not all parties have appointed representatives at polling stations and collection centers globally. Some political parties, despite fielding candidates, lack agents at polling or collation centers within specific states.
According to the informative guide released by INEC for these tri-state governorship elections, it includes a summarized infographic depicting the geographical analysis of registered voters and those possessing Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) broken down by Local Government Areas (LGAs). Furthermore, it categorizes registered voters by gender, age brackets, profession and any disabilities.
The postscript of this statement adds: “The guide also references the list of runners and provides comprehensive details on two polling stations in Bayelsa and 38 in Imo State that lack registered voters. The Commission has repeatedly clarified that no ballot will take place at these polling venues. Neither election materials nor officials will be dispatched to these locations.
“For the forthcoming elections, 16 political parties in Bayelsa State and 18 in both Imo and Kogi States are backing candidates. The elections are intended to be carried out in 10,470 polling stations, (not inclusive of the 40 stations that lack registered voters).
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“Political parties are required to nominate polling agents for each polling venue as well as for 649 Ward, 56 LGA and three state collection centers.”
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