The citizens of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, and other places where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, conducted the rescheduled presidential, Senate and House of Representatives elections in 141 polling units experienced a large amount of calm.
Elections were postponed in 141 polling units in Yenagoa by the INEC Chairman, over disruption of electoral processes in Wards 4, 6, 8, and 14. The electorate protested over the non-availability of electoral materials, incompetence of INEC officials and incomplete ballot papers.
Voters in the affected areas went to their polling units as early as 8 a.m. to cast their votes after assurance from the INEC headquarters that security had been mobilised.
Voting was smooth and orderly at the Bayelsa Medical University (BMU), located at Imgbi Road, Ompadec, Azikoro, Mike Okpopor and other centres. However, some people still couldn’t find their names on the units allocated to them by INEC, while some could not be captured by BVAS.
At Mike Okpokpo Street, Unit 27, a former Chief of Staff, Dikivie Ikiogha, said the BVAS did not accredit him as well as many others, despite several attempts. However, he commended the calmness and peaceful way the election was conducted, and gave the electoral body a thumbs up while the Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Mr. Taribo Spiff, urged the youths to continue to be peaceful while the exercise is going on.