The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has deployed three national commissioners to supervise today’s supplementary governorship election in Bayelsa State.
Nick Dazang, INEC Deputy Director of Publicity, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the commission has also deployed a technical team to each ward where the election would be held.
He said no fewer than 834 ad hoc staff, comprising of four staff in each of the 431 polling units, have been deployed to conduct the election.
Dazang said election would be conducted in 425 polling units and five voting points in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state, while supplementary election would also be held in 101 PUs in three other local government areas of the state where election were cancelled.
“In addition to these, the commission is going to monitor the election via its situation room situated at the INEC headquarters in Abuja,” said the spokesman.
Dazang confirmed that the commission had on Wednesday commenced the distribution of sensitive materials from the state capital to local government areas where election would be conducted.
On security, Dazang said security agencies, during a meeting held in December 2015, had assured the commission of needed security to conduct safe election.
Dazang dismissed allegation that the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Bayelsa State was compromised.
“On December 17, 2015, we had meeting with all the political parties and candidates contesting the election. None of the parties or candidates raised the issue. If the allegation was true, it could have been raised at the meeting.
“The state REC is still going to conduct the supplementary election because he has not been found wanting on the basis of allegation that could not be proven by anybody.”
Dazang said the commission was fully ready to conduct credible, free and fair supplementary election today to conclude the state governorship election.
However, he called for the collaboration of all stakeholders to ensure that peaceful and credible supplementary election was conducted in line with INEC’s planning expectations.

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