Bayelsa: challenge of election in the creeks

The recent governorship election in Bayelsa State took place amidst numerous concerns identified ahead of the contest. Bayelsa has eight local government areas, but the topography, which is made up of swamps, creeks and over 70 per cent water, makes it a logistics nightmare for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Deputy Political Editor RAYMOND MORDI, who monitored the election, reports


AFTER all the build-up, which suggested that there would be violence and bloodshed, the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State ended with an anticlimax. Given the state’s history of violence and reports of political activities during the build-up to the contest that painted a picture of the stockpiling of arms, recruitment of thugs, bloody confrontation in places like Nembe and politicians who want to win at all costs, everyone expected a widespread bloodbath on election day. Indeed, the atmosphere on the eve of election was electric, as political activities rose…

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