The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed January 9 for the rescheduled governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and in some units in the seven other local government areas of the state.
It was gathered that the new date was agreed upon at a stakeholders meeting held in Abuja, on Thursday.
It was also agreed at the meeting, that the police should play a leading role in the rescheduled poll as against the military dominance during the botched December 6 election in the state.
Also, the distribution of electoral materials is to be decentralized as against the previous practice that provided windows for electoral fraud and violence, which resulted in the alleged death of some persons.
According to a source, the meeting, which had in attendance, the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the National Security Adviser (NSA) Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd), the governorship candidates of all the contending political parties and other stakeholders, also deliberated extensively on the incident that led to the cancellation of the election in the affected areas and proffered solutions.
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