We only declared election not war in Bayelsa, Say’s INEC

INEC says the Committee has not declared war in the state of Bayelsa, but the choice of the people to elect their governor to run state affairs in the next four years.

Yesterday in Yenagoa, in the backdrop of allegations of violent clashes between members of the leading political parties and hate speeches on campaign grounds, the Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in charge of Bayelsa State, Pastor Monday Tom confirmed this.

The REC, in collaboration with the UNDF on electoral violence, fraud and low turnout ahead of the elections on 15th november, said that the Commission did nothing to record in a Town Hall meeting in Yenagoa organized by Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), while appealing to the state’s political gladiators to re-establish their supporters.

The Commission was fully prepared to conduct elections, which will be acceptable to the people of Bayelsa State, and stressed the fact the REC, who was represented by INEC Bayelsa Electoral and Political Party Monitoring (EPTM), Chinedu Nwankwo, stressed that the Commission is taking all necessary actions to change the narratives of unconclusive electoral events.

“INEC only declared election and not war in Bayelsa State and therefore we don’t want to hear that people died as a result of the election and so much has been put in place by INEC because we want to make a difference in Bayelsa State. We don’t want any inconclusive or rerun elections in Bayelsa State.

“We are appealing to all stakeholders because INEC cannot make it all alone, therefore we appeal to the populace of Bayelsafor their cooperation.

We’ve addressed the need for peaceful election with political leaders, religious leaders, young people and others because we’re ready for a new story, “he said.

SDN Project Manager Joseph Ekong claimed in his remarks that the organization has engaged critically in the political process in partnership avec the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in ensuring a stable, credible election and that it has initiated sensitization programs in 27 community organizations throughout Ogbia, Sagbama and Southern Ija.

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