By Abubakar Yunus
The Independent National Electoral Commission, Bayelsa State Office, has announced that a boat transporting election personnel to Registration Area-17 (Koluama) in Southern Ijaw LGA capsized.
Wilfred O. Ifogah, the Head of Voter Education and Publicity, made the announcement in a statement, noting that the agency commenced moving personnel and electoral materials to the Registration Area Centers (RACs) on Friday.
According to him, “A boat carrying election personnel to Registration Area-17 (Koluama) in Southern Ijaw LGA had capsized.
“We wish to confirm that fortunately, no lives were lost as all the 12 election personnel and the boat operator were rescued.
“We, however, lost our result sheets, power banks, and luggage containing personal effects of staff.
“The total number of registered voters in the affected Registration Areas is 5368, and the number of PVCs collected is 5311. INEC is making efforts to ensure the conduct of the 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.