Bayelsa decides: INEC cancels poll in Ologi Over violent

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has canceled voting in Ologi (Ward 03) of Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA) due to violence.

Senior officials of the commission were quoted as saying that violence in the area, including manhandling of electoral officials led to the cancellation.

According to Ukuachukwu Orji, INEC Supervisory Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ogbia LGA, members of the Ologi community forcibly prevented election in the riverine area.

“As our people (electoral officers) were coming into the community after crossing the river, they seized them and the materials and burnt all the materials. They chased our people away and seized some but the military rescued them,” he said.

He spoke in Otuoke (Ward 13 of Ogbia LGA) where President Goodluck Jonathan and his family voted, saying that election in the community was then canceled as a consequence of the violence.

He expressed satisfaction that election has been smooth in other communities that form the LGA, except in Ologi, Premium Times reports.


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