dickson and sylva

All is set for the supplementary election in Southern Ijaw Local Government and 102 polling units across six other local government areas of Bayelsa State scheduled for today.

Election was cancelled in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area on December 7, 2015 as a result of violence, ballot box snatching and stuffing, harassment and abduction of electoral officials.

The local government has a total of 120, 827 registered voters, 425 polling units and five voting points.

Thirty-eight thousand registered voters in 102 polling units across six local governments of Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Sagbama, Yenagoa and Ogbia will also participate in the supplementary poll to conclude the Bayelsa State governorship election earlier scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015.

The Peoples Democratic Party, Governor Seriake Dickson, is leading a former governor of the state, who is also the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Timipre Sylva, in the already conducted election.

The two leading candidates will be fighting to have upper hand over the 158,827 votes expected from today’s rerun.

Before now, Dickson was leading with 81,929 votes while Sylva had 56,514 votes.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission has scheduled the Benue South Senatorial district rerun for Saturday, February 13.

Benue South Senatorial District is made up of nine local government areas, 102 registration areas, 1,016 polling units and a total of 1,174 voting points.

Former Senate President, David Mark, was declared winner of the election in the senatorial district by INEC. His election was nullified by the Court of Appeal which ordered a rerun of the election that brought him into office.

The commission said in a bulletin in Abuja on Friday that it would deploy 4, 931 workers to conduct the election.

The breakdown of workers to be deployed is as follows: 102 supervising presiding officers; 1,016 presiding officers; and 3,522 assistant presiding officers (I, II, III).

Others are 1,174 assistant presiding officers and 235 reserve assistant presiding officers.

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