#KogiBayelsa2019: Most Voters Who Wanted To Vote Had Opportunity To Do So – INEC

SAN FRANCISCO, November 16, (THEWILL) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says despite reports of violence recorded in different parts of Kogi and Bayelsa states, most voters who wanted to vote had the opportunity to do so.

In a communique by its National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, the commission said it carefully monitored the electoral process in both states and that reports from accredited observers and electoral officials in the field indicate that those who were willing to vote did vote accordingly.

This statement is coming amid outcry over violence, thuggery, and vote-buying during the electoral exercise in Kogi and Bayelsa States but INEC argues that the Commission delivered materials to its offices in both Bayelsa and Kogi.

INEC further noted that despite all efforts to promote peaceful elections including several engagements with stakeholders and the signing of the peace accords, there were cases of thuggery and violence, which the Commission condemns unequivocally.