Planned Relocation Of Brass LNG May Trigger Militancy, Youths Warn

Youths, PDP, ConventionAngry Youths and Women of Communities in Brass Local Government Council Area of Bayelsa State have staged a protest against a planned withdrawal of the Federal Government’s 40 per cent stake ‎and relocation of the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) project in the area.

The Protesting youths and women, armed with placards and green leaves, accused the Federal Government (FG) of deliberately trying to throw the area into another era of violent crimes and militancy ‎with the planned exit of the LNG from the area.

The protesters, armed with placards with inscription such as “FG Leave Brass LNG alone in Bayelsa”, “Buhari: Listen to the Niger Delta, Brass LNG is our own”, “Brass LNG, solution to Niger Delta problems”, “The youths deserve Better, leave Brass LNG” and “Buhari, Don’t politicise LNG”, warned that the closure of the Brass LNG may lead the youths back to unemployment, violent crimes along the waterways and bombing of oil facilities.

Niger Delta Will Boil Again

Some of the protesters claimed the workforce of the Brass LNG were being disengaged ‎due to the planned relocation and were becoming violently agitated.

The chairman of the local government area, Honourable Bello Bina, however, appealed for calm.

He said though he was worried and concerned over the alleged relocation of the Brass LNG.

“The LNG is a project with Federal Government (FG) 40 per cent stake. If it is withdrawn, over 30,000 jobs would be lost.

“Brass Local Government has excess of gas.Why would a Federal Government that promised employment and youth’s engagement be thinking of shutting down 30,000 jobs?

“I Will pass your message to the Governor and will call on the FG to allow the Brass LNG to stay. Because if the Brass LNG pull out, the Niger Delta will boil again,” he warned. ‎

‎The Youth Leader of Twon Brass, Ebigon Sebo, described the alleged relocation of the Brass LNG as “inciting”,

“The Brass LNG might leave any moment. They have sacked their workers due to the plan. It is now the Federal Government want to use joblessness to provoke the Niger Delta people.

“If the LNG pull out, the youths of the state and the region may increase the tempo of criminality.”

“We are begging the FG to avoid crime and bloodshed. We also warn that we will not allow the Brass LNG leave the area with their vital equipment,” he added.‎

Army Ends ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’ Training In Bayelsa

Crocodile-smileThe Nigerian Army training exercise code named ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’ has officially ended at Brass in Bayelsa State.

The exercise was launched nearly two weeks ago, with the responsibility of traversing the South-South geo-political region.

It was set up to also provide a practical training for Special Forces and other units of the Nigerian Army in Amphibious and Internal Security Operations in riverine environment

Troops were also mandated to provide adequate security for residents as well as critical national economic assets in the region.

Largely Successful Exercise

The exercise, which the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, described as largely successful also enabled the Nigerian military to offer educational materials to some primary schools in Brass Town.

The soldiers have had to survive in this riverine environment which for many of them was their first time in such a place.

They are in a celebratory mode, as they await the official pronouncements signalling the end of “Exercise Crocodile Smile” which was also meant to check criminal activities like kidnapping, militancy, piracy and other forms crime.

It offered the soldiers a first-hand knowledge of the Niger Delta terrain.

Addressing the soldiers, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defence expressed the government’s appreciation over the commitment to duty shown by the officers during the few days training exercise.

He assured them that the dependants of the four soldiers, who lost their lives in the course of the exercise, would be adequately catered for by the Nigerian Army.

At least two soldiers were reported to have drowned when their boat capsized during a patrol along the Brass Water Front in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

Some others soldiers were rescued while service rifles belonging to the drowned soldiers were missing.

Channels Television gathered that the incident which occurred at about 10:00a.m. local time, has created panic among the newly deployed soldiers.

Motivated by the commendation of the Defence Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, the soldiers chanted their duty creed.

On his part, the Chief of Army Staff, also told the gathering that the exercise was not just meant for training purposes but also to demonstrate the capability and expertise of the soldiers in protecting their immediate environment and country against criminals.

The August visitors to the “Exercise Crocodile Smile” operational centre in Brass Town also empowered their host community by distributing books to various primary schools in the community.

Nigeria Has Over 200 Years Of Gas – Omotowa

Natural GasThe Managing Director, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Babs Omotowa, believes gas is the future of Nigeria and has emphasized the need for authorities to put more effort into developing the gas industry.

Mr Omotowa was on Channels Television’s Business Morning on Friday where he spoke about the business of liquefied natural gas and issues in Nigeria’s gas industry.

He admitted that indeed the crash in oil price has had a huge impact on gas prices because 70% of gas price is linked to brent and the implication is that when brent goes down, gas price goes down as well.

However, he noted that gas remains the future for Nigeria.

“Nigeria is in the top ten gas reserves in the world. There is no doubt that most energy experts will tell you that Nigeria is actually more a gas province. I think we still have over 200 years of gas available in Nigeria.

“Remember we have 180 tcf of gas today. Most of that were found by accident. We were looking for oil, we suddenly found gas. We haven’t really gone out aggressively to look for gas and that’s one of the areas we need to focus on as a country.

“How do we incentivise to bring the investments that are required to build this infrastructure?

“We need foreign and local investors to come up with this sort of investment and as a country we need to spend more time thinking about how we can bring in investment to grow the gas industry because gas really is the future, oil was our past.

“Gas can give us not only liquefied gas or domestic power but petrochemicals which gives you a lot of manufacturing capabilities.

He put the potential revenue from the gas industry at about three billion US dollars annually.

While stating that government has to look at incentives to encourage investors, he asked legislators to also look carefully into laws governing the sector and warned against frivolities that could become burdens to investors.

Issues In Nigeria’s Gas Industry

Speaking about the issues that have come up in the gas industry, Mr Omotowa said that they were being addressed as positive results are already being seen.

He highlighted the issues of regulatory uncertainties with the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), under-funding of the industry, infrastructure, security of facilities and long contract approval processes.

“I think in fairness with the current administration since President Buhari has been on seat and the Minister of State for Petroleum, a lot of effort has gone into trying to address these issues.

Mr Omotowa also debunked the belief that the pricing for gas does not favour the company when it has to supply domestically as stiff pricing makes local purchasing hard to come by, so rather it focuses more on exporting it.

He noted that the pricing for gas domestically is “at the right levels” considering the price of domestic gas in the US is lower than the price in Nigeria.

He explained, “Our problem is not the price but that this industry is faced with expenses and costs that are simply not comparative.

“When you think about what we have to spend on security, community development and regulatory government agencies trying to impose so much taxes and fees on us, it just raises the cost up and once these prices are raised up by all these input cost, then the price has to be high.”

Gas Master Plan

Mr Omotowa also explained the different aspects of the proposed Gas Master Plan which was expected to help create a much better business environment in the gas indutry.

First was the area of appropriate gas pricing which he believes has seen progress, as gas price has moved up significantly.

“You had aspects that had to do with trying to have domestic gas obligations for upstream companies. I think we’ve seen progress because I think we are producing a lot more gas to domestic now than we used to before.

“There are aspects to do with increasing the export activities with Brass LNG, OK LNG, and Train 7. I think we are a bit slow on that aspect.

“There have also been aspects to do with building petrochemical plants. Again, we haven’t made much progress in that front.

“So in totality, when you look at the gas master plan, I think in many areas there have been progress and in some areas I think we are still behind but it’s not to be unexpected, because it’s not a plan that was to be completed in a year.

“However, I think we are on the right track, I think with this current administration; the President, the Minister of State for Petroleum, we are really seeing much effort in the right direction.”

FG Regrets Petrol Scarcity Hardships – Kachikwu

Ibe Kachikwu- PetrolThe Minister of State for Petroleum says difficulties faced by Nigerians in the last two months in getting petrol is regrettable.

Dr. Ibe Kachikwu made the statement on Monday at a Federal Government town hall meeting held in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

He said that efforts were being made to enable motorists drive into service stations with ease and come out with the product.

“Be patient with us, lose not your calm yet. We are getting there very quickly,” he said.

The Minister also offered assurances that the nation’s refineries would work in full capacity under the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

“I am happy to say for the first time in seven years, we commissioned the crude supply pipelines both in Brass, from Brass to Port Harcourt refinery and from Escavos to Warri refinery.

“We are presently pumping crude through the pipeline to Kaduna and Kaduna (refinery) will be back on stream by the end of next week,” he said.

In the face of the short term measures, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu lamented the diversion of petroleum products conveyed in trucks to other countries and called on security agencies to help tackle this challenge.

Kachikwu was at the town hall meeting along with other ministers where they spoke to artisans, traditional rulers, students and a cross section of the public.

The town hall meeting which is an interaction between the government and persons from different sectors of the economy, is expected to hold in six geo-political zones and two other cities, Abuja and Kano.

Other Minsters present were Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah and Minister for Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi were also in attendance.

The Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed also made presentations at the meeting.

NIMASA Tracks Hijacked Oil Vessel, MT Sampatiki

NIMASANigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has tracked an oil vessel ‘MT Sampatiki’ which was hijacked by sea pirates within Nigerian territorial waters.

The Director General of the Agency on Friday, confirmed the development to Channels Television.

Mr Dakuku Peterside said that a combined team comprising the NIMASA, the Nigerian Navy, the Interpol and others are working hard to identify and arrest those behind the criminal act on Nigerian waters.

“On March 26, we picked up information that a Liberian flagged ship has been attacked on our territorial waters.

“We immediately swung into action based on the direction from the honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. We contacted the Nigerian Navy, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime as well as the Interpol,” he said.

Mr Peterside explained that as a fall out of the abduction, a 24-hour surveillance team has been mobilized to patrol the waters especially off the coast of Qua Iboe and Brass where the incidences are rampant.

“As at this morning (Friday), the Togolese Maritime authorities were about to board the vessel to interview crew members to get further information that would help and aid us in locating the five crew members that were abducted within our territorial waters.

“Our idea is to shorten the response (time) whenever this kind of thing occurs, but we are optimistic that this would be the last time it would occur because we intend to increase surveillance and intelligence gathering on our waterways.

“Most importantly, we are about sending a bill after a consultation with stakeholders – a draft bill on anti-piracy activities on our waterways and we hope that would give us the framework to fight piracy.

“We also reached out to neghbouring maritime authorities and I can confirm to you that our effort is yielding results.

“We also deployed our satellite surveillance system and as we speak, we have located the vessel offshore Lome in Togo,” he said.

All Powers Come From God Alone – Gov. Dickson

DicksonGovernor Seriake Dickson has attributed his election victory to the people of Bayelsa State.

Speaking to Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, Mr Dickson thanked the people for their support and vowed to implement more socio-economic reforms.

“We are very grateful to the people of Bayelsa for their abiding loyality, trust and confidence in me and in our party and on the government’s programmes that we have been able to execute in the past going to four years now.

“I believe that all powers come from God alone. I want to also use this opportunity to thank God almighty who has made it possible and at all times has enabled me to overcome challenges,” he said

Speaking on the challenges he faced during the election, Governor Dickson said that he was sure of victory from the beginning of the entire process, adding that getting the residents to vote for him was not the challenge.

“The challenge was the interposition of other factors which are also critical, crucial for political victory. I am a party in opposition in my state and we have a lot of issues to contend with in areas where I have no control, that was where the challenge came from. The challenge was never from the people.

“I have always had direct contact with the people and I know the people have always been by me. Do not forget I have contested several elections in this state and I have always won all, so I knew that this was not an election to be bothered about.

“I want to thank God, thank the people of Bayelsa for finding me worthy again and investing their confidence in spite of all those challenges and renewing my mandate.”

Mr Dickson refused to respond to allegation of irregularities raised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the party agent’s immediate call for a rerun. “I do not respond to political propaganda. Elections have been declared, elections have been won and lost,” he said, although admitting that the election had lapses.

“I believe that INEC tried to do a good job. There were lapses here and there but generally speaking, INEC tried. I want to call for more support for INEC. From my experience in this exercise, INEC needs the support of all to improve on the card reader.

“The card reader is a right way to go, our nation made the right investment in it and I think we should work with INEC to perfect it so that you do not have any cases of people coming with armed hoodlums to hijack materials and then thinking that they will just fill the forms and return for collation. That is nonsensical, that is terrorism.

“That is what has taken place and you have been in this state, you are aware of the deaths that have taken place, those killed by hoodlums and thugs, those whose houses have been burnt.

“These are important issues I will like to work with the Federal Government to address, particularly the federal law enforcement agencies.

“We had a peaceful community attacked and razed down and no arrest was made. The hoodlum is known, those who sponsored it are known and it is like that all over.

“We cannot let that be and that cannot be the Nigeria we will build together. So I want to work with the Federal Government to ensure that peace, law and order as well as security return once again to Bayelsa.

APC Agent Calls Bayelsa Election An Abuse Of Process

APCThe agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the collation centre in Yenagoa, Mr Dennis Otiotio has condemned INEC’s announcement of Governor Seriake Dickson as winner of the Bayelsa election.

Speaking ton Sunday evening during Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, Mr Otiotio described the decision to announce the results as a disregard for the electoral process.

He said, “The process started with an abuse of the process from the PDP to this point, even at this point, because provision 26 of the Electoral Act is very clear.

“It says that where the difference between the winner and runner up is less than total votes cancelled, the returning officer is not supposed to make a return.

“In this case, the total votes cancelled is about 53, 000 votes while the difference between PDP and APC is 48,146. In this circumstance, the returning officer is not supposed to declare any winner.

“We have about 10 National Commissioners and two Resident Commissioners here with him but he has gone ahead, in flagrant disregard to Section 26 of the Electoral Act, to declare the winner.

“We have made protest of several issues; the undue discretional powers exercised by the ad-hoc staff in cancelling the areas where APC won. Secondly, the process of delivering the materials, the hijacking, the widespread violence that took place in Ekeremo, especially the Ward 12 materials that were hijacked, in Southern Ijaw, several materials were hijacked, they never arrived at their destination, and results were filled and brought here.”

Mr Otiotio, who said that he had refused to append his signature on the result, further claimed that a rerun should have been ordered in places where election was cancelled.

“What the returning officer should have done was to order for a rerun in the areas that were cancelled because they cancelled a total of 53,000 votes while the difference between PDP and APC is 48,000.

“When they said people should come and sign (you saw me), I went up, I did not sign and I told them ‘tell the board what was the total number of votes cancelled so that everybody will know’ but they refused to announce the total number of votes cancelled.

“If you are following, you will see that local government by local government, they were announcing the number of votes cancelled and when you sum them up, you will get 53,000.

“The thing was a trap from the beginning, it was designed from the beginning to fail, to rig APC out, and it was designed from the beginning to make PDP win,” he said.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Seriake Dickson was on Sunday, January 10, 2016, declared winner of the Bayelsa State governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mr Dickson polled 134,998 votes to emerge winner of the election while the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Timipre Sylva, scored 86,852 votes to place second.

Dickson Wins Bayelsa Governorship Election

DicksonThe candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Seriake Dickson has been declared winner of the Bayelsa State governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mr Dickson polled 134,998 votes to emerge winner of the election. Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Timipre Sylva, scored 86,852 votes to place second.

“Henry Dickson Seriake, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected. This is signed by the returning officer dated this 10th day of January 2016,” the Returning Officer said.

 

After taking results from four local government areas where governorship rerun election was held in Bayelsa State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced the collation of the final results in the early hours of Sunday between 12:00am and 2:00am local time.

After the results from Ogbia were announced, the electoral body said it would take a break and reconvene in the morning by 11:00am.

In the declared results, the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 448 votes in Yenagoa LGA while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 839.

In Brass LGA, APC had 1,679 and the PDP got 5. In Sagbama LGA, APC scored 119 , PDP, 180 while APC had 139 in Ogbia LGA with PDP polling 1,290 votes.

On resumption, it was declared that in Ekeremor Local Government Area, the PDP polled a total of 2,695 votes, while the APC recorded 257 votes.

In Nembe, the PDP had 1,160 votes while the APC polled 1, 400 votes.

The result for Southern Ijaw was finally announced on Sunday evening around 7:00PM local time. The PDP scored a total of 23,081 votes, while APC scored 10,216.

The collation officer also reported that elections did not take place in Kolana Ward 17 because voting materials arrived very late and had to be returned.

“Abuse Of Process”

Meanwhile, the agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the collation centre in Yenagoa, Mr Dennis Otiotio has condemned INEC’s announcement of Governor Seriake Dickson as winner of the Bayelsa election.

Speaking on Sunday evening during Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, Mr Otiotio described the decision to announce the results as a disregard for the electoral process.

“The process started with an abuse of the process from the PDP to this point, even at this point, because provision 26 of the Electoral Act is very clear.

“It says that where the difference between the winner and runner up is less than total votes cancelled, the returning officer is not supposed to make a return.

“In this case, the total votes cancelled is about 53, 000 votes while the difference between PDP and APC is 48,146. In this circumstance, the returning officer is not supposed to declare any winner,” he said.

INEC had revised its guidelines for the re-run of the governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The Commission said all the parties had given their consent to the revised guidelines, which it believes would help to fast-track the exercise on Saturday, January 9.

According to the new document, accreditation and voting will go on simultaneously.

“Severe Militant Activities”

The INEC had in December 2015 declared the Bayelsa election inconclusive after it rescheduled the governorship election in Southern Ijaw for January 9.

Professor Mustapha Leki announced the rescheduled election at the headquarters of INEC in Yenagoa, the capital of the State.

He said the INEC experienced major disturbances and challenges in a number of places, especially the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

“These were occasioned as a result of severe militant activities. As a result of this development and working in conjunction with security agencies, our first concern is to take steps to stabilise the situation to ensure the safety of electoral officials and the security of materials,” he told reporters.

After INEC rescheduled the election, the major candidates – the incumbent Governor, Seriake Dickson of the Peoples Democratic Party and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Timipre Sylva – expressed displeasure with the circumstance that led to the cancellation of election in the area.

While the incumbent governor said he had set up a judicial commission of enquiry to examine the alleged violence and thuggery during the governorship election, the APC candidate said the action of the election umpire was a rape on democracy that had denied the people of Bayelsa the right to choose their leaders.

Bayelsa Rerun Election: APC, PDP Agents Disagree

bayelsaIt has been quite hectic in Bayelsa State where agents of political parties are at loggerheads over results so far released by the returning officer in the Bayelsa supplementary elections.

It has been drama at the collation centre where agents of the PDP and APC have made several allegations of malpractice.

One of the agents also tried to provoke the returning officer. But he calmly managed the situation.

After the announcement of the results from polling units in Ekeremor Local Government Area, the APC’s agent described the process as flawed.

He said his party had written a petition detailing electoral malpractices, and demanded that the state returning officer attend to the petition first.

However, the PDP agent insisted that the APC had hijacked the votes they scored in the local government and demanded that they should be cancelled.

In Nembe Local Government Area, results were cancelled in three units of Kolo Asiri ward.

According to the INEC returning officer for Nembe, the cancellation in two of the units was owing to non-use of the card reader, while one unit was cancelled because of over-voting.

The APC agent objected to the reason of card-reader failure given for cancellation of the results in those units. He insisted that the local government collation had exercised undue jurisdiction in cancelling the results.

Bayelsa Rerun Election: INEC Announces Ekeremor, Nembe Results

bayelsaOnly one local government area’s result is remaining as INEC gets set to announce the final result of the rerun governorship election in Bayelsa State.

The electoral umpire, INEC, on Sunday resumed the collation of the final results after it took a break to re-convene.

In Ekeremor Local Government Area, the PDP polled a total of 2,695 votes, while the APC recorded 257 votes.

In Nembe, the PDP had 1,160 votes while the APC polled 1, 400 votes.

The results from Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State are still being collated by the INEC officials.

Election Controversies

Meanwhile, the announcement of results from the remaining local government areas in the Bayelsa rerun polls have been dogged by controversy at the collation centre.

After the announcement of the results from polling units in Ekeremor Local Government Area, the APC’s agent described the process as flawed.

He said his party had written a petition detailing electoral malpractices, and demanded that the state returning officer attend to the petition first.

However, the PDP agent insisted that the APC had hijacked the votes they scored in the local government and demanded that they should be cancelled.

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In Nembe Local Government Area, results were cancelled in three units of Kolo Asiri ward.

According to the INEC returning officer for Nembe, the cancellation in two of the units was owing to non-use of the card reader, while one unit was cancelled because of over-voting.

The APC agent objected to the reason of card-reader failure given for cancellation of the results in those units. He insisted that the local government collation had exercised undue jurisdiction in cancelling the results.

 

Bayelsa Re-run Election: INEC To Announce Winner On Sunday

Bayelsa electionAfter taking results from four local government areas where governorship re-run election was held in Bayelsa State, the Independent National Electoral Commission said it will reconvene later in the day to conclude the process.

Officials of the electoral body that handled elections in Brass, Yenagoa, Sagbama and Ogbia Local Government Areas announced the results in the early hours of Sunday – between 12:00am and 2:00am local time.

After the results from Ogbia were announced the electoral body said it would take a break and reconvene in the morning by 11:00am.

 

In the declared results, the All Progressives Congress scored 448 votes in Yenagoa LGA while the Peoples Democratic Party polled 839. In Brass LGA, APC had 1,679 and the PDP got 5. In Sagbama LGA, APC scored 119 , PDP, 180 while APC had 139 in Ogbia LGA with PDP polling 1,290 votes.

Results are expected from Southern Ijaw and some other polling units in two other local government areas – Kolokuma/Opokuma and Nembe – to conclude the election that was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the initial poll on December 5.

The Southern Ijaw Local Government Election was cancelled on the December 7, 2015, due to violence, ballot box snatching and stuffing, harassment and abduction of electoral officials.

Southern Ijaw Local Government has a total of 120, 827 registered voters, 425 Polling Units and five Voting Points.

Thirty-eight thousand registered voters in 102 Polling Units across six Local Governments – Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Sagbama, Yenagoa and Ogbia – also participate in the election to conclude the Bayelsa State governorship election earlier scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015.

During the collation, some party agents raised issues with the process in Brass Local Government Area, citing cases of malpractices and irregularities.

A party agent called for the cancellation of the election in Brass.

Responding to issues raised, the Returning Officer said all complaints should be forwarded to the commission’s office, promising that they would be addressed accordingly.

Earlier, Channels Television’s correspondent in Bayelsa, Seun Okinbaloye, said election materials arrived early at some polling units in Yenagoa, but other areas such as Southern Ijaw got election materials late.

INEC had promised early delivery of materials to polling units where voting took place.

To fast-track the process, INEC revised its election guideline on Friday, making it possible for accreditation and voting to go on simultaneously.

Bayelsa State Holds Governorship Re-Run Election

taraba electio has been termed as the voice of the peopleA re-run election holds today, (Saturday) in Southern Ijaw and six other local government areas in Bayelsa State to conclude the governorship election earlier declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ahead of the election, INEC revised its guidelines for the re-run, making it possible for accreditation and voting to go on simultaneously.

An official of the electoral body, Mustapha Lecky, said that the decision would help fast-track the exercise.

Mr Lecky told reporters that all the parties had given their consent to the revised guidelines.

According to the new document, accreditation and voting will go on simultaneously while ad-hoc officials, observers and journalists are to be given life jackets because of the terrain.

Materials had earlier been distributed to Registration Area Center to make room for easy movement of the materials to polling units.

“There is a lot of benefit in doing that. This means that we will conclude the polling quite early,” Mr Lecky said in optimism.

According to the INEC official, the polling units will open by 8:00am, with a plan to close voting by 2:00pm local time.

Security has also been beefed up with the police deploying more officials in the state.

The Southern Ijaw Local Government Election was cancelled on the December 7, 2015, due to violence, ballot box snatching and stuffing, harassment and abduction of electoral officials.

Southern Ijaw Local Government has a total of 120, 827 registered voters, 425 Polling Units and five Voting Points.

Thirty-eight thousand registered voters in 102 Polling Units across six Local Governments – Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Sagbama, Yenagoa and Ogbia – will also participate in the election to conclude the Bayelsa State governorship election earlier scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015.