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Bayelsa Supplementary Election Niger Delta Youth for Democracy calls for removal of REC, state commissioner of Police

The youths of Bayelsa wants the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and Inspector General of Police to review strategies for the supplementary elections coming up on the 9 of January 2016 in the state.

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The youths of Bayelsa wants the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and Inspector General of Police to review strategies for the supplementary elections coming up on the 9 of January 2016 in the state.

The Niger Delta Youth for Democracy wants Baritoh Kpagih, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, and the Commissioner of Police for the state re-deployed.

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The youths claimed that the REC and the Commissioner of Police played partisan roles in the polls that was previously cancelled in certain parts of the state, accusing the commissioner of Police to be working with Governor Seriake Dickson to undermine the security of Southern Ijaw.

They said that strategies for a successful election and for security in the state will not work if these men remain in their positions.

‎"In order to forestall  a repeat of  last political quagmire as a result of the inconclusive status of the election, there is an urgent need to effect these recommendations  so as to guaranteed a hitch free election on Jan 9th 2016. Or else the reverse will be the case," said the group.

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Mike Olomu, the National Coordinator signed a statement on the 27 of December in Yenagoa, saying that;

"We have studied the various reports on the conduct and cancellation of the election in Southern Ijaw and other units. We have also studied reports and statements arising from major players in the election. And we have discovered that the January 9th election will not be successful, free and fair, if the Bayelsa REC and the Police Commissioner are allowed to stay," the statement read in part.

Polls were held in Bayelsa state on the 5 of December but were declared inconclusive after the cancelation of the election in the Southern Ijaw area. Supplement polls have been scheduled to hold on the 6 of January 2016, by INEC –Independent National Electoral Commission.

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