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Live Updates: 2019 Bayelsa State Governorship Election

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Electorates will today, November 16, 2019, head to polling units to participate in the Bayelsa State Governorship election.

Naija News reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed today for the Bayelsa and Kogi States Guber polls.

Today’s election will determine who would take over from Governor Seriake Dickson and govern Bayelsa for the next four years.

The governorship election will be keenly contested between David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The High Court sitting in Yenagoa had dismissed the candidate of the APC, but the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, dismissed the ruling and asked the APC to participate in today’s election.

Other candidates include: Accord Party, Ebizimo Diriyai; African Action Congress (AAC), Kalango Stanley Davies; Alliance for Democracy, Owei-Tongu Woniwei; Alliance National Party (ANP), Kunde Noah.

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LIVE UPDATES…

3:00 pm: Counting has commenced in Ogbia LGA Ward: 02 PU: 6.

2:22 pm: Voting was still going on in Brass LGA Ward 1 PU:15 because of the large turnout of voters.

1:06 pm: Governor Seriake Dickson has cast his vote in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State which held on Saturday, November 16.

The Governor arrived at the polling unit in the company of his wife, Rachel.

Dickson and his wife, were at Ward 2, PU 5, Torí-Orua community in Sagbama LGA of the state to cast their ballots.

12: 45 pm: the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cancelled the election in Ologi (Ward 03) of Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA), Bayelsa State.

Naija News reports that the election was cancelled due to violence.

It was gathered that violence in the area, including manhandling of electoral officials led to the cancellation.

12: 19 pm: The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri, alongside his wife have cast their vote in the Bayelsa Guber election.

Naija News reports that they cast their vote at Polling Unit Unit 4 and Unit 3 respectively at about 10.30 am in Yenagua, Bayelsa State.

11:55 pm: Former President Goodluck Jonathan has cast his vote in the ongoing Bayelsa State Governorship election.

10:45 am: The Deputy Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Lawrence Erujakpo, has cast his vote in the Bayelsa Guber election.

Naija News reports that Ofoni community is the home town of Erujakpo.

10:00 am: INEC officials are yet to arrive Sampou Community which is the ward of the PDP Guber candidate Douye Diri.

There are eight polling units in his Sampou/Kalama ward 6. But neither materials for the poll or the INEC officials have arrived.

9: 30 am: At Opolo in Yenagoa there was a report of massive shooting, but calm is said to have returned to the area as security personnel took over.

As at 9.00 am election materials started arriving polling units in Ward 4, Unit 12 Ekenpai.

9:10 AM: Accreditation has started and there is no issue reported with the smart card reader at Ward 4 in Odoware Town Hall in Bayelsa State.

8:40 am: Card reader malfunction has been reported at Polling Unit 8 in Ward 4 in Nembe LGA of Bayelsa State.

8: 30 am: Former President Goodluck Jonathan has lamented the late arrival of election officers for the Bayelsa Governorship election.

Jonathan is currently at ward 13, polling unit 39 in Otuoke, to cast his vote.

8:00 am: Electoral officers have since arrived at different polling unit, with vote commencing in some.




Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.