The Acting Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, AVM Ahmed Muazu (rtd) has called on political gladiators, and contestants in the forthcoming Bayelsa central and west senatorial districts bye elections to be law abiding.
The INEC boss disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting held in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Muazu in his address highlighted the need for contestants and stakeholders of various political parties to help in carrying out voter education as it’s not the responsibility left alone for the INEC.
While stating that non sensitive materials have since arrived, he added: “we will implement no face mask no vote policy”, we want everyone to come out as much as possible to cast their vote”.
The National Commissioner supervising Edo, Bayelsa and Rivers States, Mrs. May Agbamuche- Mbu, said the use of smart card reader and voter registers will be employed in the conduct of the election.
She however averred that political parties are to carry out issue based campaign, voicing: “I am optimistic that the senatorial election come 5th December will be peaceful”.
The Coordinator National Youth Service Corps, NYSC Bayelsa State , Mrs. Ojugo Elizabeth Iyowuna appealed that youth corps members who are to serve as adhoc staff be treated with care, adding that their safety is paramount.
“Corps Members who come from various states are here to carry out their national assignment, they are our children and should be treated so”.
In his speech the Commissioner of police Bayelsa state, Michael Okoli, said police and its sister agencies have posted personnel ahead of the 5th December election. ” INEC personnel and materials needs to be protected, I am appealing to stakeholders and contestants to talk with their supporters to allow people vote and let their votes count”.
He disclosed that request for more personnel have been made to ensure peaceful conduct of the election.
In a cross session of comment and discussion, the Chairman Inter party advisory committee Bayelsa state, Hon Victor Fesi said , “No party is supreme all parties should be treated equally, all should be given a level playing field”.