In the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, the Agudama village has protested the lack of around 48,500 ballots intended for the Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency elections.
The protesters have gathered at Ward 4, Epie 1, which has 47 units and serves the Agudama and Akenpai Villages, and they are adamant that the election will not take place unless the missing ballots are replaced.
Austin Atekere, the Supervisory Presiding Officer, SPO, commented on the issue and claimed that when they received the election materials from the INEC headquarters in Yenagoa, they weren’t organized till they arrived at the ward headquarters, according to the Tribune.
Atekere said, “only to get to our headquarters to realize that all the ballot papers for other elections were complete, except that of the House of Representatives election. The ward has about 50,000 registered voters but we were given just 15,000 ballot papers.
“As I speak with you, people have dragged and almost beat me up, but the quick intervention of community members saved my life. We have contacted INEC, and they have informed us that the situation is not peculiar to Agudama/Akenpai alone.”