Ahead of Saturday’s supplementary election in Southern Ijaw and three other local government areas in Bayelsa State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will deploy not less than 2,134 workers to conduct the elections in the state.
The commission’s Deputy Director, Publicity, Mr. Nick Dazang, who announced this during an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, said that while there would be a fresh election in the whole of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, elections would be conducted in 101 polling units in other three local governments.
According to him, each polling unit and voting point would be handled by four officers.
The commission further noted that apart from the 2,134 electoral officers, monitors and technical teams will be deployed to assist in carrying out other duties for the election.
He said, “Election will hold in the whole of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state and 101 units in three other local governments.
“There are 425 polling units and five voting points in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, and we have four workers who will handle each of the polling units and the voting points.
“However, we are going to have monitors as well and also have technical teams who will intervene if there are problems with the Smart Card Reader.”
On security, Dazang said that strategies have been mapped out on how to secure voters and materials on Election Day.
“I don’t have details of the number of personnel that would be involved in the election now, but I can assure you that we have met with heads of security agencies and they have given us the assurance of their ability to secure the place,” he said.