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INEC Declares Bayelsa Guber Poll Inconclusive

Valentine Chinyem

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Following violence and irregularities which started at some polling units, Mr. Baritor Kpaghir, the resident electoral commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced the cancellation of election in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state.

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The announcement which was made at the collation centre in Yenagoa, the Baysa State capital, has therefore rendered the governorship election inconclusive.

However,  Mr. Kpaghir further announced that a new date would be set for fresh poll in the LGA.

The election of the local government was initially rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday as a result of violence.

Earlier, the returning officer had said he could not make a declaration on the election, since the number of registered voters in Southern Ijaw local government exceeded the gap between the two leading candidates, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Seriake Dickson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While more than 120,827 voters were registered in the pending local government, Dickson had 105,748 votes and Sylva 71,794 after announcement of results in seven of the eight local governments in the state.

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