Tuesday, 15 December 2015

INEC May Fix December 19 For Southern Ijaw Rerun

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may schedule the rerun poll for Southern Ijaw council for December 19, Saturday.

The election was annulled after two attempts eight days ago.

Guardian reports that while the resident electoral commissioner Baritor Lenu Kpagih said that the final decision on when to repeat cancelled election was with the commission, the efforts were on top gear to enable that the poll would not surpass the 14 days required by the Electoral Act.

An insider within the Maitama head office of INEC revealed that the electoral commission was considering December 19 as the possible date for the rerun poll in the troubled Southern Ijaw local government council.

He added that the inter-committee put together by the INEC boss Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, was working thoroughly to come up with a guaranteed strategy that would ensure that poll materials would be taken to the wards and polling units under maximum security so that authorization and voting would take place simultaneously.

The national commission has annulled December 5-6 Bayelsa state governorship poll in Southern Ijaw local government area — one of the state’s eight LGAs.

INEC said the decision was taken because of violence, the abduction of electoral officials and ballot box snatching.

The electoral commission decided on the annulment of the votes briefly after two Toyota Hilux vehicles, carrying 24 ballot boxes and some men stormed the collation centre in Yenagoa, causing a stir.