137,973 Agents To Participate In Kogi, Imo, Bayelsa Polls – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said 137,973 polling and collation agents would participate in the Saturday Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo states governorship elections.

INEC in a statement issued by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, on Tuesday further said 34,704 agents were uploaded for Bayelsa State, 65,274 for Imo State and 37,995 for Kogi State.

The statement read in part: “Sixteen political parties are sponsoring candidates for the election in Bayelsa State and 18 in both Imo and Kogi states. The elections will be held in 10,470 polling units (excluding the 40 polling units without registered voters).

“Each political party is expected to nominate polling agents for all the polling units as well as 649 Ward, 56 LGA and three State collation centres.

“However, at the close of the deadline for uploading the list of agents to the INEC dedicated portal by political parties,  34,704 agents were uploaded for Bayelsa State, 65,274 for Imo State and 37,995 for Kogi State, making a total of 137,973 polling and collation agents for the three states.

“However, the detailed breakdown shows that not all the parties nominated agents for the polling and collation centres across the States. Indeed, some political parties have no polling unit or collation agents in some States despite having candidates in the election.”

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