INEC urged to maintain neutrality in Bayelsa polls
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been urged to maintain the same neutrality it did which led to the nationwide commendation during the last general elections in the course of conducting the Bayelsa State governorship election.
This appeal was made in a press release issued in Abuja by a Civil Society Organization (CSO), the National Conscience Rebirth Forum.
The group advised INEC to continue on the wind of the accolades it had received due to the recent unbiased conduct of the 2015 polls.
The statement, which was signed by the organization’s coordinator, Comrade Sunday Bright, stated that despite the decision of some political parties to opt for ‘scandalous and unpopular candidates’ amongst the electorate as their flag bearers, there was the possibility that the same people might be banking on electoral manipulations to oust Governor Seriake Dickson.
“We are all aware of what has transpired in the party primaries of some political parties in the state, where there were underhand tactics employed to ensure some characters got the party ticket. We are using this opportunity to plead with INEC to be mindful of these doom characters. If dogs eat their own, what will they do to others?” he queried.
They also enjoined the security agencies posted to the state to remain neutral in their engagements in order to avoid scandals as witnessed at the just concluded Ekiti elections.
The organization also called on the electorate to remain vigilant and ensure that their voice for the continuity of Governor Dickson’s development projects was not stalled for personal vendetta.
Prince Abubakar Audu