The Independent National Electoral Commission, Bayelsa State Office, Southern Nigeria, has confirmed that a boat carrying election personnel to Registration Area-17 (Koluama) in Southem Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa state capsized enroute the location.
HOD Voter Education & Publicity Wilfred Ifogah who confirmed the incident said no life was lost as all the election personnel numbering 12 and the boat operator were rescued.
Ms. Ifogah said “We lost our result sheets, power banks and luggage containing personal effects of staff”.
The commission has however assured stakeholders that all lost materials will be replaced in good time for elections to hold in the affected local government.
“The total number of registered voters in the affected Registration Areas is 5368 and the number of PVCs collected is 5311. INEC is making efforts to ensure the conduct of election in the affected area”.
Willfred Ifogah noted that INEC’s SPO assigned to Registration Area-06 (Ossioma) in Sagbama LGA was abducted while waiting to board a boat at Amassoma Jetty.
She said the security agencies have been notified.