Ahead of the supplementary election in Bayelsa state, which is holding today (Saturday) January 9, the State’s Police Command has issued a statement informing the public that the command has beefed up security with increased foot, vehicular, and waterways patrols, as well as intensive aerial surveillance in all nooks and crannies of the state.
The election will hold in Southern Ijaw Local Government area and 102 polling units across six other LGAs in the state.
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Political parties and their contestants were urged to desist from any act capable of disrupting the process.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Asinim Butswat, the command in collaboration with other security agencies have perfected all plans to create an enabling environment for the re-run election in all affected polling units.
Security agencies have been ordered to enforce the restriction of movements of boats fitted with 200 horsepower engine and above.
Likewise, movement of persons, vehicles and tricycles would be restricted on the election date in the entire state from 6:00AM to 6:00PM. Only those on essential duties would be allowed to move.
The Peoples Democratic Party, Governor Seriake Dickson, is being challenged by a former governor of the state, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Timipre Sylva.
Dickson is leading with 81,929 votes while Sylva has 56,514 votes. The pair are expected to compete for the 158,827 votes expected from today’s rerun.
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Due to widespread violence, ballot box snatching and harassment and abduction of electoral officials, the election of December 7 was cancelled in Southern Ijaw, which has a total of 120, 827 registered voters, 425 polling units and five voting points.