The Independent National Electoral Commission in Bayelsa State has declared that it registered about 1,036,442 voters in the various polling units in the state.
The resident electoral commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr Cyril Omoregbe, made this known yesterday in Yenagoa, the state capital, during the commission’s one-day meeting with stakeholders.
The stakeholders comprised of the Nigerian Air Force, the police, Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Civil Society Organisations, traditional leaders and the media, among others.
The REC, represented by the INEC’s administrative secretary in the state, Mr. Lebari Nduh, noted that Bayelsa has a total of 1,804 units located in various communities in the state.
He said that the displaying of the voters roll, which would commence from November 6 to November 12, was aimed at correcting mistakes that might have occurred during the registration processes.
The REC explained that the mistakes could include double appearance of names or wrong spelling of names, mixing up of voter’s status (male/female), missing names, removal of names of dead people, among others.
On distribution of permanent voter’s cards, Omoregbe said the commission had decentralised the distribution at the ward levels as part of efforts to enable eligible voters to vote and be voted for during the 2019 general elections.
It would be recalled that INEC had said that it had over 23,095 uncollected PVCs from the registration of voters before the 2015 elections.
According to the REC, “Out of the 103,871 we registered in May 2018, we have distributed 48,998 PVCs and 55,873 are still uncollected.”
The REC called for the collaboration of all stakeholders in the eight local government areas of Bayelsa State to achieve free, fair and credible 2019 general elections.
Also speaking, the outgoing commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr Ebere Onyeagoro, assured the people and the commission of police’s total support.
He urged politicians and the electorates to eschew violence during and after elections.