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Bayelsa commends INEC for election date shift


The Bayelsa State Government has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for shifting the governorship election earlier slated for November 2 to November 16, this year. 

The government had appealed to the electoral commission to review the date of the election because it coincides with the state’s thanksgiving anniversary, which is backed by law.

A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, yesterday, while welcoming the action of the commission, added that the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC has done for the state, an unforgettable gesture that would never be taken for granted, assuring the body of the sincere and immeasurable gratitude of the government and people of the state.

He stressed that by heeding the plea of the state government and other critical stakeholders to shift the date, INEC has demonstrated a high sense of responsibility and shown that its decision on electoral matters are not cast in stone.

Iworiso-Markson said with such uprightness, there was a renewed feeling among the people that the commission would conduct a free, fair and credible election on November 16 that would command positive commentaries the world over. 

He stated that with the shift in the date, the state can now have a successful Thanksgiving Day celebration to appreciate God, as usual, for the peace and progress it has made in over seven years of the Governor Henry Seriake Dickson administration. 

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