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INEC to Conduct Election in 141 Polling Units in Bayelsa on Sunday 26th February

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has said that voting will take place in four wards involving one hundred and forty-one polling units in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State today, Sunday 26th February.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu who disclosed this during the regular media briefing at the National Collation Centre, Abuja said the Commission arrived at the decision following the disruption of the election process held on Saturday 25th, February in the state.

Yakubu stressed the need to recover and conduct the elections in order to conclude the process in the wards.

On the issue of reports of violence recorded in some parts of Lagos state, the INEC Chairman said the Commission has been monitoring the situation in areas like Okota, Mafoloku, Oshodi and Elegushi.

According to the Electoral Umpire, the situation has been normalized in a number of areas.

He said the Commission has taken proactive steps by meeting with the Inspector General of Police IGP, the National Security Adviser NSA and the Commandant General of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC
in order to strengthen security as the election process moves to the collation stage in areas where election has been concluded.

On the issue raised in Edo state over the absence of the acronym of a particular political party on the ballot paper, the INEC Boss said the commission has resolved to suspend the election for Esan North, Esan South and Igweben.

He said the ballot papers will be reprinted while the election is now rescheduled to hold along with the state constituency elections on the 11th of March.

The INEC Chairman while expressing concern over the target of thuggery which he noted is the BVAS, assured that the Commission will continue to protect the process and ensure it concludes the election in a free, fair and credible manner.

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