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#BayelsaDecides: Voting Ends In Bayelsa State as collation of result begins

Voting has just ended in all polling units in Bayelsa State, where a governorship re-run election took place on Saturday.


Crystal News correspondent in Bayelsa State said collation of results have started at the ward level in most parts of the state – Nembe, Ogbia, Brass and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas.

Results are expected from Southern Ijaw and some other polling units in six other local government areas, to conclude the election that was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the initial poll on December 5.

The Southern Ijaw Local Government Election was cancelled on the December 7, 2015, due to violence, ballot box snatching and stuffing, harassment and abduction of electoral officials.

Southern Ijaw Local Government has a total of 120, 827 registered voters, 425 Polling Units and five Voting Points.

Thirty-eight thousand registered voters in 102 Polling Units across six Local Governments – Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Sagbama, Yenagoa and Ogbia – also participate in the election to conclude the Bayelsa State governorship election earlier scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015.

Crystal News correspondent in Bayelsa, Omachi Clifford Ezebunwo, said election materials arrived early at some polling units in Yenagoa, but other areas such as Southern Ijaw got election materials late.

INEC had promised early delivery of materials to polling units where voting took place.

To fast-track the process, INEC revised its election guideline on Friday, making it possible for accreditation and voting to go on simultaneously.