Bayelsa Rerun: Large turn out of voters despite skirmishes


Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Ballot box for the governorship election in Bayelsa State.Photo: Idowu Ogunleye
‎The rerun governorship election in Bayelsa State Saturday witnessed a large turn out of voters, even as there were skirmishes in few places..
Election materials arrived as early as 8am. Most voters started waiting at their various polling units with election materials arriving as scheduled.
In Ammasoma, Ogbia, Sagbama and Nembe election materials also arrived early with accreditation and voting completed before the 2pm scheduled for voting.
Accreditation and voting were delayed in other areas including Ekeremor and Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
‎Also in some areas of Ogbia, Ekeremor and Southern Ijaw people waited patiently for the arrival of election materials, while others trooped out early and completed the process of voting.
In Okodi ward in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, after the arrival of election materials voting commenced immediately.
At Otakeme and Edema communities of Ogbia, election materials arrived late and tension gripped voters due to the delay.
At the home community of the Bayelsa State Speaker, Hon. Kombowei Benson in Kokorosei and two others in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, the materials arrived early and voting commenced as scheduled.
‎Voters in the late Oronto Douglas Community of Okoroba in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and the late former Governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha raised alarm over the hijack of election materials meant for their unit by thugs.
According to the communities, though only one unit was canceled in Okoroba community, the materials for the unit identified as ‎Ward 11, Unit 13 were hijacked at the point of distribution by political thugs in the presence of security agents and the police.
An indigene of the community, Barrister Gift Douglas, confirmed that the thugs also attacked and beat to stupor a traditional Chief,‎ Etulankimor Douglas Eteli, in …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper