Kidnapped INEC official in Bayelsa; result sheets missing from capsized boat

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One of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s staffers was kidnapped in Bayelsa State’s Sagbama Local Government Area, according to reports.

The state’s INEC voter registration coordinator, Wilfred Ifogah, stated in a statement on Friday that the electoral officer was abducted while waiting to board a boat at the jetty.

The head of INEC voter registration in the state, Wilfred Ifogah, said the officer was abducted while he was waiting to board a boat at the jetty in a statement posted on its verified X account on Friday night.

He further disclosed that result sheets were misplaced in the capsize of a boat transporting election staff and supplies to the southern Ijaw LGA.

The statement said, “We would like to confirm that a boat transporting election staff to registration area 17 (Koluama) in southern Ijaw LGA capsized.

Thankfully, no lives were lost as the boat operator and all 12 election workers were saved.

“However, we misplaced our result sheets, power banks, and staff members’ personal belongings in the luggage.

“In the impacted registration zones, there are 5,368 total registered voters and 5,311 total PVCs gathered.

“INEC is working to guarantee that elections in the impacted area are conducted properly.

Additionally, according to INEC, an abduction occurred at Amassoma Jetty when the SPO assigned to registration area 06 (Ossioma) in Sagbama LGA was waiting to embark.

The message said, “The security agencies have been notified.”

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