INEC confirms  boat mishap, abduction of electoral official in Bayels

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday confirmed the abduction of its Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO) for the Bayelsa State governorship poll.

The abducted SPO is assigned to Registration Area – 06 (Ossioma) in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

He said that the SPO, whose name was not disclosed, was abducted while waiting to board a boat to his area of assignment at Amassoma Jetty.

Ifogah also announced a boat mishap carrying electoral personnel to Registration Area 17 (Koluama) in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, capsized, but no life was lost, as the 12 personnel and the boat operator were rescued unhurt.

He said, “We, however, lost our result sheets, power banks and luggage containing personal effects of staff.

“The total number of registered voters in the affected Registration Areas is 5,368 and the number of PVCs collected is 5,311. INEC is making efforts to ensure the conduct of election in the affected area.

“The security agencies have been notified.” Ifogah stated.

Police Spokesperson in Bayelsa, CSP Asinim Butswat, could not be reached for comments.

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