Bayelsa Guber: Boat with 12 Election Personnel Capsizes in Southern Ijaw, SPO Abducted in Sagbama -INEC | #NwokeukwuMascot

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A boat carrying 12 election personnel capsized in the treacherous waters of Southern ljaw. The incident occurred during their journey to a remote village to oversee the upcoming elections.

Confirming the incident, Mr Wilfred O. Ifogah, HOD Voter Education & Publicity for REC, INEC Bayelsa State said that no life was lost but however, lost result sheets, power banks, and luggage containing personal effects of staff.


INEC press statement: "The Independent National Electoral Commission, Bayelsa State Office commenced the movement of Personnel and electoral materials to the Registration Area Centers (RACs) on Friday 10th November, 2023.


"However we wish to confirm that a boat carrying election personnel to Registration Area-17 (Koluama) in Southem law LGA capsized. Fortunately no life was lost as all the election personnel numbering 12 and the boat operator were rescued.


"We however lost our result sheets, power banks and luggage containing personal effects of staff. The total number of registered voters in the affected Registration Areas is 5368 and the number of PVCs collected is 5311. INEC is making efforts to ensure the conduct of election in the affected area.


"INEC also reports that its SPO assigned to Registration Area- 06 (Ossioma) in Sagbama LGA was abducted while waiting to board a boat at Amassoma Jetty. The security agencies have been notified".


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