INEC Accredits 137,973 Party Agents, Okays Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipreye Silva As APC Candidate

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the list of  polling and collation agents for the three off-cycle governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States. 

In a press statement by the National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Sam Olumekun, the commission said that 137,973 party agents have been accredited as polling units and collation agents for the three states. This is made up of 34,704 for Bayelsa, 65,274 for Imo and 37,995 for Kogi

The statement said: “In continuation of the commission’s preparations for the three off-cycle governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States, the commission is making available two publications on the forthcoming polls.

“This publication contains an infographic summary of registered voters and Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) collected by local government areas (LGAs) as well as the distribution of registered voters by gender, age group, occupation and disability.

“The publication also includes the list of candidates and detailed information on the two polling units in Bayelsa and 38 in Imo State without registered voters. The commission has repeatedly said that elections will not be held in these polling units. No materials have been produced for these locations and no officials will be deployed to them.

“Sixteen political parties are sponsoring candidates for the election in Bayelsa State and 18 in both Imo and Kogi States. The elections will be held in 10,470 polling units (excluding the 40 polling units without registered voters).

“Each political party is expected to nominate polling agents for all the polling units as well as 649 Ward, 56 LGA and three State collation centres.

“However, at the close of the deadline for uploading the list of agents to the INEC dedicated portal by political parties, 34,704 agents were uploaded for Bayelsa State, 65,274 for Imo State and 37,995 for Kogi State, making a total of 137,973 polling and collation agents for the three States.”

View the 137,973 agents below: 

Summary of Polling Unit & Collation Centre Agents


Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has included the name of the former governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Timipreye Silva, in the list of candidates for Saturday’s governorship election in Bayelsa State.. 

The commission said the inclusion of Silva’s name and that of his deputy followed the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which nullified an earlier judgment by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The updated list of candidates released by the commission was signed by its secretary, Rose Oriaran Anthony 

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