The Bayelsa State election was held December 5, with a rerun in Southern Ijaw on December 6, but was declared inconclusive due to what the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said was to protect the sanctity of the electoral process and went ahead to fix the supplementary election for today.
The stakes are high as, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson and former governor Timipre Sylva have shaped the election into a do-or die affair in which one of them must go in to political oblivion till year 2019.
Investigations revealed that unlike the December 5 election, where the All Progressive Congress (APC) alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) imported 5,000 ex-militants into the state to unleash mayhem and the PDP accused the APC of deploying ex-militant leaders to Southern Ijaw to disrupt the election. However, both sides are evenly matched in the election holding today.
Information has it that 5000 policemen have been deployed while police helicopters, gunboats and speedboats are also being used to convey personnel and provide escort for electoral officials.
The Director of Publicity of the Bayelsa Restoration Campaign (BYRCO), Hon Jonathan Obuebite said the success of the elections depends on the Federal Government, INEC and the security agencies, according to him even with the deployment of 5,000 policemen, stakeholders are still skeptical as to the preparedness of the relevant agencies of the government for the election.