Stakeholders in the yet-to-be-concluded governorship election in Bayelsa state have commenced consultations on the amicable conduct of the poll in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had cancelled the election in the local government due to violence and other high level manipulations during the December 5 and 6 polls there, including ballot box snatching, killing and hostage taking of electoral officers.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the peace building consultative meeting commenced yesterday by the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, ICCES, which is co-chaired by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and the National Security Adviser, to review the situation from a security perspective.
According to a release by the organisers of the consultative meeting, made available to this medium, the Commission will today engage the National Chairmen/National Secretaries of political parties contesting the governorship election and their respective governorship candidates.
Also, tomorrow, the Commission will meet the Civil Society Organisations, CSOs and the media on interactions for the smooth conduct of the election, ahead of the exercise, which date is to be announced soon by the electoral body.
Nigerian Pilot recalled that, the Commission on December 7 cancelled the election in Southern Ijaw LGA due to violence, ballot box snatching and hostage taking of electoral officials. As at then, results in seven of the eight LGAs in the state had been announced, with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Hon. Seriake Dickson leading.
Southern Ijaw, which is principally riverine, has a total of 120,827 registered voters. Bayelsa has a total of 663,639 registered voters.

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