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GROUP TO INEC: Reject results from areas where elections did not hold

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been urged not to accept results from areas where the governorship elections did not take place in Bayelsa State.

The civil society organisations representing various groups accredited by INEC as observers for the Bayelsa election made the call at a press conference on Sunday evening in Yenagoa, the state capital.

According to the election monitoring group, voting did not take place in Nembe and Ekeremor local government areas including some units in Yenagoa where violence marred the electoral process.

The observers said: “Nembe LGA was the worst hit in pre-election and election related violence,” stressing that “elections did not hold in Nembe.

“On Wednesday, the 13th of November, 2019, a political party was having a campaign in Nembe LGA. Some blood thirsty gunmen came to the venue and opened fire without any provocation whatsoever, killing scores of law- abiding Nigerians.

“Same gunmen prevented election from holding in Nembe LGA. Till the time of this briefing, there has been no arrests, no prosecution, thus increasing the impunity associated with committing such heinous crime as perpetrators are largely known and seen moving freely in such communities.

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“In Yenagoa Ward 5, Epie 2 Ward 4, Apiffa 2 Ward 2 and Epie 3 Ward 6, elections did not hold.

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