We only declare election not war in Bayelsa, says INEC
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Monday Tom, stated this yesterday in Yenagoa against the backdrop of reports of violent clashes between supporters of the leading political parties and hate speeches at campaign grounds.
At a town hall meeting organised by the Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN) in collaboration with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) on addressing electoral violence, fraud and low voter turnout, he appealed to the political gladiators in the state to rein in their supporters, declaring that the electoral umpire does not want to record any deaths arising from the election.
Represented by the Head of Election and Political Party Monitoring (EPM), Chinedu Nwankwo, the REC said the commission was prepared to conduct a free, fair and credible election decided at the first ballot.
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