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General News of Saturday, 18 March 2023


Thugs burn election materials in three polling units in Bayelsa

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Thugs are reported to have hijacked and burnt election materials for three wards in Ogbia Constituency 2 in Bayelsa State.

The Daily Trust reports that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deployed in the area are already moving back to the capital, Yenogoa for safety as hoodlums storm the area.

Daily Trust gathered that the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are scrambling for the Assembly seat in the area, and both parties are also struggling to form majority in the next state Assembly in Bayelsa State ahead of the November 11, governorship election in the state.

INEC’s Head Voter Education and Publicity in Bayelsa State, Mr Wilfred Ifogah, who confirmed the development to Daily Trust, said the commission will issue a statement to that effect later.

He said: “We received a report that materials meant for the State Assembly election in about two or three wards in Ogbia Constituency 2 were hijacked and burnt, maybe later we will get a statement on it.”

At the time of filing this report, it appears there will be no election in Ogbia Constituency 2, as INEC officials are already heading back to Yenagoa.