LIVE UPDATES: Bayelsa 2023: INEC Official Kidnapped As Boat Conveying Result Sheets, Others Capsizes

Just hours before the gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed the abduction of its Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO) assigned to Ossioma in Sagbama Local Government Area.

The INEC Head of Voter Education and Publicity in Bayelsa, Wilfred Ifogah, disclosed the incident late Friday. The SPO, an ad-hoc INEC staff, was reportedly taken while awaiting a boat at Amassoma Jetty in Sagbama LGA. Security agencies have been notified, and efforts are underway to ensure the safe release of the official.

Concurrently, a mishap occurred as a boat transporting election personnel and materials capsized en route to Koluama Registration Area-17 in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

According to Ifogah, “..result sheets, power banks and luggage containing personal effects of staff” were lost in the boat mishap.

However, Ifogah emphasized that there were no casualties, as all 12 election personnel and the boat operator were successfully rescued.

The impacted Registration Area, Koluama-17, boasts a total of 5,368 registered voters, with 5,311 collected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

INEC is actively taking measures to ensure that the election in this area continues as scheduled, notwithstanding the disruption caused by the boat incident.


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