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    Bayelsa poll: TMG tasks security agencies on peaceful conduct

    By Caleb Ayansina

    ABUJA—The Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, yesterday, called on security agencies to provide adequate security to ensure a peaceful supplementary governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, tomorrow.

    Timipre Sylva and Seriake Dickson
    Timipre Sylva and Seriake Dickson

    The group added that it would deploy 99 quick count observers for the poll.

    The governorship election in the state was declared inconclusive due to violence that made it impossible for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct election in Southern Ijaw, one of the eight local government areas in the state.

    TMG, in a statement by its Chairman, Ibrahim Zikirullah, in Abuja, said that despite its earlier warning to all political parties to play the game in line with the law, some of them still allowed their personal ambitions to plunge the state into crisis.

    Zikirullahi, called on “the political parties and the contestants to ensure that the sad incidents of December 5, 2015 are not repeated tomorrow. We call on the security agencies to ensure that space is secured for the peaceful conduct of the poll.”


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