The Supervising Presiding Officer (SPO) designated for registration area 06 in Ossioma, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has been abducted.This news was confirmed by the Official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The information gathered stated that a boat which transported the election personnel to registration area 17 in Koluama Community, Southern Ijaw LGA, reportedly capsized which led to the loss of electoral materials with the inclusion of the result sheets intended for 5,311 registered voters.
However, the Head of Voter Education and Publicity at INEC State Headquarters in Yenogoa, Wilfred Ifogah revealed that the mishap occured on Friday. He further stated that the INEC official, whose identity was not known as at the time of filling this report was abducted at Amassoma Community in Southern Ijaw LGA while waiting to board a boat in the same area.
He stated: “We wish to confirm that a boat carrying personnel to registration area 17 (Koluama) in Southern Ijaw 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.
However, the police spokesman in Bayelsa State, CSP Asinim Butswat, had not reacted to the incident as of the time of this report as he neither picked calls nor responded to messages as of the time of filing this report.
“The total number of registered voters in the affected registration area is 5368 and the number of PVCs collected is 5311. INEC is making efforts to ensure the conduct of election in the affected area.“INEC also reports that its SPO assigned to registration area 06 (Ossioma), in Sagbama LGA was abducted while waiting to board a boat at Amassoma jetty. The security agencies have been notified,” he said.