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Observers extol INEC, residents over Bayelsa guber poll

Thirteen observer groups that monitored the recently concluded Bayelsa State Governorship Election have commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the people of the state for the relative peaceful nature of the exercise.

They emphasized that INEC had effectively planned the logistics of distributing both sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials to the different voting places, ensuring that the materials arrived on time, and utilizing the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).

While addressing a press conference in Yenagoa, the state capital on Wednesday, the observer groups, under the aegis of Coalition of the INEC Accredited Observer Groups for Credible and Transparent Elections, praised the people of Bayelsa State for their peaceful conduct leading up to, during, and after the recent election in the state.

The Chairman of the Coalition Romanus Agu, flanked by the Secretary, Sani Bashir, and other members of the coalition, who read the recommendation of the coalition, said political stakeholders should commit and adhere to the peace accord endorsed by all or seek redress in court and abide by the outcome of the judicial processes.

They also urged INEC, political parties, and other stakeholders to increase voter sensitization and awareness in order to lower voter apathy.

They said: “We the coalition of the INEC accredited observer groups for credible and transparent election on this day 14th November 2023 wish to express our opinion on one of the just concluded off-cycle elections in Bayelsa state.

“We deployed 235 observers across the 8 local government areas who reported directly to our situation room. The observer groups conducted their activities according to Nigerian laws and INEC guidelines for election observers.”

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