“Areas with violence in Bayelsa will have zero votes” – INEC


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it won’t acknowledge votes from security thorn areas.

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, made this declaration at a stakeholders meeting convened in Bayelsa State.

May Agbamuche-Mbu, INEC national commissioner supervising Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers, who spoke on behalf of the chairman revealed that BVAS machines would be deployed to all parts of the state.

In her words:

“I want to let you know that our BIVAS have been customized for INEC, so INEC details and the name of the parties are on the BIVAS, so any BIVAS you see without INEC details cannot be from INEC,” 

Another thing, we have all the list of the serial number of the BIVAS we are going to use, the result sheets will be signed at the polling units.
“Where there is violence, it will be zero, we will not return to that polling unit to conduct election.

“We have recruited and carefully trained all category of ad-hoc staff to be deployed to the field, all non sensitive materials have been distributed to all the eight local government area offices of the state, voter education and sensitization is ongoing.


We have made arrangement for the transportation of personnel and materials to ensure that polling unit open on schedule on election day.”

In addition, she also revealed that two national commissioners and eight resident commissioners will be deployed to the state to supervise a smooth electoral process.

“I wish to assure you of our commitment to free, fair and credible election come Saturday,” 

Also in attendance of the meeting was Tolani Alausa who promised full cooperation to INEC to ensure a smooth process.

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Represented by Ijamah Daniel, deputy commissioner of police in charge of operations, Alausa assured INEC that enough police officers would be deployed to every polling unit.

“In every polling unit, we are going to deploy three to six personnel, outside that, the IGP has deployed as much as 21 unit of mobile police force,”

“Under tactical unit like the special force, the counter terrorism unit, special protection unit are all coming to Bayelsa.

“I will advise every one of us to be law abiding, because we are prepared to withstand any type of challenge that will arise, we are equal to the task.”


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