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INEC reveals one million Bayelsa residents to vote on Saturday

Written by on November 8, 2023

Over one million Bayelsa State residents who have collected their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, will on Saturday go to the ballot to choose the next governor of the state.

The National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professore Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this in Yenagoa at a stakeholders meeting.

He notes that the Commission has already deployed one national commissioner and eight resident electoral commissioner for the exercise.

Yakubu, who was represented by the National Commissioner Supervising Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, Mrs. May Abumuche Mbu, says out of one million, fifty-six thousand eight hundred and sixty-two Registered Voters in the State, one million, seventeen thousand, six hundred and thirteen have collected their PVCs with 39, 249 PVCs remaining uncollected in the State.

The national chairman who was flanked by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Bayelsa State, Obo Effanga and that of Osun and Lagos states, and heads of security agencies, pointed out that the Commission will deploy the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, in all the 2, 244 Polling Units in the State for the Election.

In a related development, the Independent National Electoral Commission is warning politicians and political parties that it would not count votes from polling units where violence was recorded.

Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, while addressing election stakeholders during a meeting in preparation for the governorship election on November 11.

Yakubu says the commission would not return to any polling unit, where there was violence, for election.

Equally, yesterday, Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, warned individuals and groups intent on disrupting the election to think twice, as the police high command was prepared to deal decisively with troublemakers.

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