BAYELSA ELECTION: Finally, INEC Fixes New Date For Bayelsa Rerun In Southern Ijaw LG


Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed January 9,
next year for the supplementary election of the Southern Ijaw Local
Council cancelled by the body recently.
Impeccable multi sources
within the Commission told The Guardian yesterday that the tentative
date being canvassed by top officials and stakeholders seems to be
widely acceptable to all the principal actors in the election saga.

from the fact that the yuletide period is around the corner,
consideration was given to the fact that a lot of people would return
home to their villages and they wouldn’t want to be bogged down with the
inconveniences of the election.
The commission wants to consult
with the various stake holders and needs time to prepare for the make or
mar re-run,” one of the sources said.

order to perform its duty, Yakubu was said to have decided to carry
everybody along and involve all concerned in widespread consultations.
electoral boss, alongside his top lieutenants yesterday, met with
security chiefs in the area including the Commissioner of Police, Mr.
Sanusi Oki, his Army counterpart, Major General Alali Okunola and those
of the Naval, Air Force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps.
security situation during the recent election was discussed at the
meeting, while plans were laid out to prevent a recurrence of the lapses
recorded in the last poll.
The INEC boss is set to meet with all
the parties that participated in the last election, together with all
the candidates on Thursday in Abuja.
“They are expected to come to
the meeting with all their grievances and those present are also
expected to thrash all the issues exhaustively,” another source
“The chairman has been consulting widely and he wants to
carry along all the stakeholders, regardless of their status or
It shall be the turn of the media and civil
societies groups on Friday, during which INEC is expected to announce
the date for the bye-election.
“INEC is trying to ensure that it
shakes off the under-performance tag that is being attached to it. The
boss wants to be seen as being fair and effective.
“After the Kogi
near-disaster, he can’t afford to have another misstep in this one. His
integrity and that of the commission are at stake here,” a source said.

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