If an election is called off due to violence, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised that it will not send its staff back to the voting place.
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu announced the decision at a meeting on Tuesday in Yenagoa.
The gathering was called to discuss strategies for Saturday’s gubernatorial election.
Yakubu made it abundantly clear that there would be no elections in the states of Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, and Rivers by saying, “Where there is violence, it will be zero; we will not return to that polling unit to conduct an election.”
Commissioner of Police (CP) Tolani Alausa of Bayelsa State has said that all necessary measures have been taken to ensure a smooth election on Saturday.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations, Ijamah Daniel, addressing on behalf of the CP, indicated plans to send three to six policemen to each polling location.
Outside of that, he added, “the IGP has deployed as many as 21 units of mobile police force” and that “tactical units” including the “special force,” “counter-terrorism unit,” and “special protection unit” were all on their way to Bayelsa State.