Bayelsa Govts Applauds INEC For Postponing Governorship Election
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson
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The Bayelsa State government has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for picking a new date for the governorship election in the state.

Concise News had earlier reported that INEC, on Thursday announced a shift in date for the governorship election in Bayelsa and Kogi States.

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The election in the two states is now scheduled to November 16, instead of November 2 as its previous date.

The commission disclosed that it shifted the election date because of appeals from the Bayelsa government, stakeholders in the state who claimed that the election date coincides with the state’s annual Thanksgiving Day which is backed by the Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Day Law 2012.

Reacting to INEC decision, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the Commissioner for Information, Bayelsa State, said that the shift in the election date was a “welcome development” and “highly appreciated”.

Iworiso-Markson said the Mahmmud Yakubu-led INEC has done for the state “an unforgettable gesture that will never be taken for granted.”

The Commissioner for Information expressed gratitude of the government and people of the state to INEC.

“By heeding to the plea of the government and other critical stakeholders to shift the date, INEC has demonstrated that it listens to genuine complaints and that its decisions on electoral matters are not cast in stone.”

He said INEC’s “uprightness” has engineered the renewed feelings among the people that the commission will conduct a free, fair, and credible election on November 16.