The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, represented by Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, the INEC National Commissioner supervising Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, and Rivers, said in Yenagoa, at a stakeholders meeting says it won’t count votes in any polling unit where the crisis occurs during the election in Saturday’s governorship election in Bayelsa.
Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbusaid also said that INEC would deploy BIVAS to all polling units for the election.
“I want to let you know that our BIVAS have been customized for INEC, so INEC details and the name of the parties are on the BIVAS, so any BIVAS you see without INEC details cannot be from INEC.
“Another thing, we have all the list of the serial numbers of the BIVAS we are going to use, the result sheets will be signing at the polling units.
“Where there is violence, it will be zero, we will not return to that polling unit to conduct the election.
“We have recruited and carefully trained all categories of ad-hoc staff to be deployed to the field, all non-sensitive materials have been distributed to all the eight local government area offices of the state, voter education and sensitization is ongoing,” he said.
“We have made arrangements for the transportation of personnel and materials to ensure that the polling unit opens on schedule on election day.
“For more effective supervision of the process, we are deploying two National Commissioners, and eight resident electoral Commissioners to support our office in Bayelsa, I wish to assure you of our commitment to a free, fair, and credible election come Saturday.”
However, Mr. Tolani Alausa, the state Commissioner of Police, who was represented by Mr. Ijamah Daniel, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations, disclosed that the police were fully prepared, that enough personnel would be deployed to ensure safety and peaceful election on Saturday. Alausa maintained.
“In every polling unit, we are going to deploy three to six personnel, outside that, the IGP has deployed as many as 21 units of the mobile police force, under tactical units like the special force, the counter-terrorism unit, special protection unit are all coming to Bayelsa.
“I will advise every one of us to be law-abiding because we are prepared to withstand any type of challenge that will arise, we are equal to the task,” he said.