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INEC Official kidnapped in Bayelsa, Boat carrying personnel capsizes

An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been kidnapped in the Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The official was forcefully taken by his captors on Friday while waiting to board a boat at the Amassoma Jetty.

“INEC also reports that its SPO (Supervising Polling Officer) 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,” the commission said in a statement late Friday.

Meanwhile, a boat ferrying 12 commission officials for the November 11, 2023 governorship election in the state also capsized on Friday with result sheets lost.

INEC said the capsized boat had election materials for registration area 17 in Koluama, Southern Ijaw LGA. It added that 12 election officials, including the boat operator, were rescued.

According to INEC, “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 elections in the affected area”, the commission said.

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