By Joe Udo
The Bayelsa State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that its female Supervisor Presiding Officer (SPO) has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen while on the way to her duty post.
According to Sahara Reporters, the commission also said a boat conveying personnel and materials to Registration Area Centers, RACs, 17 Koluama community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, capsized.
A statement signed and issued on Friday night, by HOD, Voter Education & Publicity, Wilfred Ifogah, stated that its SPO assigned to Registration Area- 06 (Ossioma) in Sagbama LGA was abducted while waiting to board a boat at Amassoma Jetty.
“The commission has commenced the movement of Personnel and electoral materials to the Registration Area Centers (RACs) on Friday 10th November, 2023.”
The statement continues “However we wish to confirm that a boat carrying election personnel to Registration Area-17 (Koluama) in Southem ljaw LGA capsized.
“Fortunately no life was lost as all the election personnel numbering 12 and the boat operator were rescued.
“We however lost our result sheets, power banks and luggage containing personal effects of staff.
“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. The security agencies have been notified.”