Bayelsa poll: Brass, Nembe, Ogbia, Southern Ijaw, Yenagoa identified as flashpoints

Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Bayelsa State, CellHub, an election management team, which has engaged in series of activities towards the election, has commended the performance of the security agencies involved in the pre-election operations, particularly the Military.

This is even as the team has identified some security flashpoints in the State that may cause mayhem during the polls. It listed Brass, Nembe, Ogbia, Southern Ijaw, and Yenagoa as key flashpoints in the State. 

The group in a statement signed on Friday by its Executive Director, Idris Usman, acknowledged the commitment, professionalism, and diligence so far displayed by the security personnel deployed to ensure a secure and conducive environment for the electoral process. 

It said efforts of the security agencies have contributed significantly in building public confidence and ensuring the smooth conduct of pre-election activities.

Usman noted: “However, as part of our ongoing collaboration to enhance the electoral process, CellHub urges the security agencies to concentrate their efforts in identified flashpoints within certain local government areas. These areas include Brass, Nembe, Ogbia, Southern Ijaw, and Yenagoa local government areas. 

“We have noticed over the last 24 hours, reported cases of intimidation and violence in some communities in particularly, Brass and Nembe local government.

“Recognising the significance of these local governments and the potential challenges they may pose, CellHub calls for heightened vigilance, strategic deployment, and effective communication among security personnel. By focusing on these flashpoints, we aim to preemptively address any potential security concerns and ensure the safety of voters, electoral officials, and other stakeholders.”

He also expressed the commitment of the team to work closely with security agencies, INEC, political stakeholders, and the international community to foster an atmosphere of transparency, fairness, and security throughout the electoral process, “as it  believe that a collaborative approach is crucial for the success of the democratic exercise in Bayelsa State.

“As we move towards the Governorship election on Saturday, CellHub emphasizes the importance of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and impartiality by all involved parties. 

“We call on the citizens of Bayelsa State to cooperate with the security agencies and electoral officials, contributing to the creation of a peaceful and credible electoral environment.”

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