Supervisory Presiding Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Bayelsa State, has been kidnapped by unknown persons.
INEC disclosed this in a statement signed and issued on Friday night, by Head of Department, Voter Education & Publicity, Wilfred Ifogah.
The statement said that its SPO assigned to Registration Area- 06, Ossioma in Sagbama Local Government Area was abducted while waiting to board a boat at Amassoma Jetty.
The unnamed INEC staff was abducted in Bayelsa on her way to her duty post.
The commission also said a boat conveying personnel and materials to Registration Area Centers, RACs, 17 Koluama community, in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, capsized.
Ifogah said, “The commission commenced movement of personnel and electoral materials to the Registration Area Centers (RACs) on Friday 10th November, 2023.
“However we wish to confirm that a boat carrying election personnel to Registration Area-17 (Koluama) in Southern ljaw LGA capsized.
“Fortunately, no life was lost as all the election personnel numbering 12 and the boat operator were rescued.
“We however lost our result sheets, power banks and luggage containing personal effects of staff.
“The total number of registered voters in the affected Registration Areas is 5368 and the number of PVCs collected is 5311.
“INEC is making efforts to ensure the conduct of elections in the affected area. The security agencies have been notified,” he said.