EXCLUSIVE: No Electronic Transfer of Bayelsa Results - INEC
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bayelsa State has assured that there would be “enough security” ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Head, Voter Education and Publicity of INEC in Yenagoa, Wilfred Ifogha told Nigeria Info correspondent Soibi Oruwari in Yenogoa and insisted that at least 4 policemen will be present in every polling unit across the state.
“I just want to assure Bayelsans that enough security arrangement has been made,” Ifogha said.
“With the assurances we got from the IG who was personally present at the stakeholders meeting we had on the 7th, no fewer than 4 policemen will be per polling unit on Election Day.”
Meanwhile, INEC says results will not be transmitted electronically but rather results will be declared at the various polling units.
“We have never transferred election results electronically. What we have is that right from the polling unit you have the presiding officers, they will do the election there and announce the results,” Ifogha told our correspondent
The Bayelsa INEC official also explained how the new changes that will be introduced to the election on Saturday.
“No smart card reader, no voting,” Ifogha insisted.
“You have to be accredited and there are two things you need to know about that. What we have now is on the register is that there is a particular point where the person now has to sign and put a phone number to attest and that must have been certified that the person’s name is in the register.”
INEC has started distributing sensitive materials for tomorrow's governorship election in the state. Correspondent Joshua Rogers reports the materials are being distributed at the Central Bank of Nigeria complex in Yenagoa. Each set of materials is being accompanied by troops of police officers.
Distribution of election materials in Bayelsa State. pic.twitter.com/AP9gVM3F8D— Nigeria Info FM 99.3 (@NigeriainfoFM) November 15, 2019
Meanwhile, the Head, Voter Education and Publicity of INEC in Yenagoa, Wilfred Ifogha told correspondent Soibi Oruwari that 10, 066 permanent and ad-hoc staff have been engaged for the election.
He said the ad hoc staff include serving and former Youth Corps Members and undergraduates of Federal Institutions.
“Permanent staff are those to really supervise some of the activities and they are to be the monitors. We have successfully trained the personnel that will man this unit and of course the supervisors were trained earlier.”
Additional reports by Soibi Oruwari and Joshua Rodgers