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INEC shifts elections in parts of Yenagoa LGA to Sunday



INEC shifts elections in parts of Yenagoa LGA to Sunday
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has postponed till Sunday the Presidential and National Assembly polls in Yenagoa.

INEC announced the postponement in a statement issued on Saturday night and signed by Mr Wilfred Ifoga, the commission’s Head of Voter Education and Publicity.

The affected registration areas are, Epie I and Epie III, Gbarain II and Okordia.

NAN quoted INEC as saying that Presidential and National Assembly elections, which held nationwide on Saturday, could not be conducted in the four areas of Yenagoa because the process was disrupted by protesters.

NAN learnt that there was an acute shortage of ballot papers in the areas which prompted voters to stage a protest at INEC Yenagoa office.

INEC shifts elections in parts of Yenagoa LGA to Sunday

When NAN visited the Registration Area Centre (RAC) at St. Peters on Saturday morning, INEC officials discovered that only 1,500 ballot papers were available for about 50,000 potential voters and this prompted a protest.

The security men at the centre fired warning gunshots to disperse the crowd but to no avail as the defiant protesters insisted that it was their civic right to vote.

Appeals by INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bayelsa , Mr Alex Hart, and the Commissioner of Police who addressed the crowd fell on deaf ears as they occupied the INEC office.

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