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Hijacking of electoral materials, absence of INEC officials, arrest of party leaders mar Bayelsa election

Ayodele Olalere

Reports of hijacked electoral materials as well as detention of some party leaders currently mars the ongoing governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Also, INEC officials were absent in many polling units including that of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in Ogbia local government.

In Ekeremoh local government, political thugs were allegedly led by a top party leader to hijack sensitive electoral materials to his residence at Ekeremoh LGA.

An INEC official, after collecting sensitive materials from Oporoma allegedly arrived Otuan without the sensitive materials, after voters discovered that the original sheet were not in the list with her.

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The official was however apprehended by party agents who questioned her motives for showing up at the polling unit without the original voting sheets.

In SILGA Ward 14, the military stationed around the area were also allegedly holding top party leaders hostage in Ogboinbiri community.

The leaders have reportedly been held hostage for the past two hours thereby preventing them from voting.

Some non registered voters, who were allegedly imported to Kolokuma Odi were allegedly making attempts to vote with fake PVC, with residents resisting such moves.