INEC official abducted and result sheets lost in boat mishap in Bayelsa

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INEC official abducted and result sheets lost in boat mishap in Bayelsa
INEC official abducted and result sheets lost in boat mishap in Bayelsa

An Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official has been abducted in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, according to a statement by Wilfred Ifogah, the head of INEC voters’ registration in the state.

The official was reportedly kidnapped while waiting to board a boat at the jetty.

A boat carrying election personnel and materials to Southern Ijaw LGA capsized, resulting in the loss of result sheets.

The statement confirmed that no lives were lost, but items such as power banks and luggage containing personal effects of staff were lost.

Efforts are underway to ensure the conduct of elections in the affected areas. INEC also reported the abduction of its SPO assigned to registration area 06 (Ossioma) in Sagbama LGA while waiting to board at Amassoma jetty, with security agencies notified.