Bayelsa Elections for New Governor Deemed Inconclusive; APC Party Candidate Trailing

L, APC Candidate Timipre Sylva. R, PDP Candidate Seriake Dickson

The election held in Southern Ijaw on Saturday, December 5, 2015, has been declared cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The election was termed “inconclusive” due to the fact that there were violations of the electoral process in one of the Local Government areas of the state.

Offensive acts such as violence, snatching of ballot tickets at the ballot box, and keeping the electoral officials hostage was recorded in the region during the election but was managed by security agencies. However, two Hilux trucks managed to drive into one collection center, snatching 24 ballot boxes. Efforts made by soldiers to retrieve the stolen ballot boxes were not successful.

This ugly situation created great confusion which made the electoral agency brief the press at the scene that the election had been cancelled.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Seriake Dickson was confirmed leading in the polls from seven local governments, which gave the All Progressive Party (APC) a huge cause for concern.

PDP currently has a total number of 105,748 votes, while APC polled 72,594 votes.

The police force has banned any form of protest or demonstration in the area to ensure a peaceful environment, as the people of the state await the date scheduled for a supplementary election.