Chairman Of Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission Resigns Citing ‘Threat To Life’

Chairman Of Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission Resigns Citing ‘Threat To Life’

By Kenneth Ebelemi | Sub Editor on June 1, 2019
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Bertola Perekeme, the chairman of the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission, BYSIEC, has resigned his position.

In the resignation letter dated May 31, 2019, Perekeme, who cited threats to his life and that of his family members as reason for his decision, hoped that the development would not jeopardise council polls scheduled for August 10 this year.

The resignation letter sighted in Yenagoa on Saturday was addressed to Governor Seriake Dickson.

Perekeme had on April 27 postponed the election earlier slated for July 27, 2019 to August 10, 2019 and pledged that the polls would be free, fair and credible.

The resignation raised doubts over the conduct of the August 10 council elections in the eight local government areas of Bayelsa.

The resignation was confirmed in a statement signed by the Bayelsa Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson issued in Yenagoa on Saturday.

Iworiso-Markson, who said that Dickson has accepted the resignation, quoted the governor as thanking Perekeme for his services to the commission, particularly for setting in motion the conduct of the August 10, 2019 local council polls.

Dickson assured that regardless of the development, the council election ballot still go on, as the other members of the commission are in quorum to carry on with the business of conducting hitch-free council polls.

The statement noted that the most senior member of the commission would take charge in acting capacity, pending the appointment of a substantive chairman.

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