State Assembly Poll: Low turnout, peaceful in Bayelsa
Aside few cases of ballot box snatching, low turnout and minor skirmishes, the election was generally peaceful in Bayelsa.
At Otuoke community in Ogbia Local Government Area, the former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience voted at unit 39, Ward 13 at around 10: 30 am. However, there was a reported case of ballot snatching in some units in the community as reported thugs made away with some voting materials.
At unit 37, the Four Square road, an unidentified youth attempted to snatch a ballot box but soldiers on election monitoring chased him and he escaped into the bush. At Nembe-Basanmbiri, in Nembe local government area, voting went on as at 12 noon when our correspondent visited the community with no incident of ballot snatching or violence.
At Toru Orua, where the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson voted, he accused the Military and INEC officials of colluding with former Governor of the state, Timipre Sylva, to churn out fake results in the state House of Assembly election. According to the Governor, reports at his disposal indicated that several PDP members were prevented from voting in various communities, including, Peremabiri, Okpoama and Bassambiri.
The Governor alleged that Sylva, was resorting to brigandage because he lacked the support base to win election in Bayelsa.
In his reaction, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), in charge of the state, Pastor Monday Udoh, said, though he also received reports of the alleged hijack, he was waiting for an official report from the Electoral Officer before any action could be taken.