Political stakeholders in Bayelsa State have began mounting stress on the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to postpone the October 31 bye-election because of the ravaging flood within the state.
DAILY POST had earlier reported the forthcoming election into the vacant positions of the Bayelsa West and Central senatorial seats on the Nationwide Meeting.
Based on the political stakeholders from the Bayelsa West and Central areas of the state, the areas principally affected by the flood are located in Sagbama, Ekeremor, Yenagoa and Southern Ijaw Native Authorities Areas of the state that are beneath the electoral items concerned within the anticipated bye-election.
However, the management of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) have remained silent over the rising problem of postponement of the October 31 attributable to flood.
DAILY POST gathered yesterday that although the INEC by its Bayelsa Head of Voters Schooling and Publicity, Wilfred Ifogah, insisted that they’re able to conduct the senatorial bye-election regardless of the stress being mounted on the fee for postponement.
He additionally insisted that 95 per cent of the Poling Items (PU) within the native authorities collaborating within the October 31 ballot are 1,206 with a voters energy of 1,270 within the districts.
Ifogah additionally acknowledged that although the complaints have been famous and the peculiar nature of Bayelsa terrain is being thought of, ”the state confronted the same problem through the build-up to the 2019 Governorship election within the state.”
However a gaggle, generally known as Bayelsa for Good Governance and High quality Management led by Comrade Collins Victor, faulted the place of INEC and insisted that the fee ought to take a vital have a look at the results of the flood on the voting areas within the bye-election and postpone the ballot,”besides the INEC has an ulterior motive, the voting items have been sacked by flood and the anticipated electorates have moved out”.
“A Nationwide Officer of INEC ought to take an aerial view of the voting areas of Ekeremor, Sagbama, Kolokuma/Opokuma, Yenagoa and Southern Ijaw, you will notice a voting space beneath the waters. The individuals of such areas have vacated the communities and discover solace in some elements of the state capital. How would INEC conduct a free, truthful and credible election?”
In the meantime, the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, after a tour of flooded areas of the state in Amassoma, Agudama-Ekpetiama, Igbogene, Alamieyeseigha street, Opolo, Azikoro village, Agbura, and Otuokpoti, ordered that faculties needs to be closed to keep away from deaths because of the ravaging flood.