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Bayelsa governor Douye Diri decries voter intimidation, hijack of voting materials

Governor condemns actions preventing PDP members in Bassambiri from voting and applauds prompt INEC response

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, strongly criticized the actions of individuals in Bassambiri community, Nembe local government area, where members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were reportedly barred from voting. Governor Diri, after casting his vote, expressed concerns about the situation, revealing that the party had officially written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to address the issue.

Speaking from his Kalama-owei Wari Unit 4 Ward 6 in Sampou community, Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area, Governor Diri also raised alarm about the hijacking of sensitive election materials at Ward 6 in the Sagbama local government area. Despite the challenges, he commended INEC for its prompt action in addressing the reported incidents.

Governor Diri emphasized the need for a free and fair process, particularly highlighting the importance of using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which he credited for making the voting process fast and seamless.

Expressing concern about the situation in Bassambiri, Governor Diri stated, “Our party has written an official letter to the INEC chairman to ensure that our people are allowed to go in there and vote. What we call for is a free and fair process where the BVAS is used, just as I have done here.”

Governor Diri attributed the reported issues in Bassambiri to the alleged violent character of the APC candidate, Timipre Sylva. He emphasized the need to address the specific individuals involved, pointing to historical patterns of violence in elections where Sylva is a participant.

Reflecting on the election process, Governor Diri expressed satisfaction, describing it as an improvement compared to previous elections. He commended INEC for its efficiency and encouraged the commission to continue improving both facilities and personnel to ensure seamless electoral processes in the future.

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