Rescheduled Bayelsa Assembly Election Marred By Shootings, Hijacking Of Ballot Boxes

Rescheduled Bayelsa Assembly Election Marred By Shootings, Hijacking Of Ballot Boxes

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The rescheduled House of Assembly elections in Bayelsa State was marred by sporadic shootings by unknown gunmen who hijacked some ballot boxes during the exercise.

The gunmen shot in the air, before the full glare of hundreds of security operatives deployed in the area to maintain law and order.

The Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Grand Alliance candidates have been declared victorious at the Ogbia state constituency II and Brass state constituency seats respectively in the rescheduled House of Assembly election in Bayelsa state.

Sources reveal that election in Brass state constituency II saw a large turnout with the APGA candidate, Alfred Watson, defeating the candidates of the PDP  and that of the All Progressives Congress.

The results declared on Sunday, June 7, 2015 by the Returning officer, Mr Perekere Bertola, showed that the APGA candidate scored 849 votes while those accredited for the election were 2,805.

Bertola disclosed that the PDP candidate scored 380 votes while the APC candidate scored 476 votes.

The turnout of voters were poor in Ogbia state constituency II and materials were allegedly hijacked from the voting centres by some armed men and security operatives.

A handful of APC chieftains in Ogbia disclosed that the party’s House of Assembly candidate, Tonye Okio, was later called in the midnight by some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission to come and witness the counting of votes, stressing that this was against the provision of the Electoral Act..

Okio lamented that the Ogbia state constituency II election did not hold as it was marred by intimidation.

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