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Bayelsa State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri and his wife, Gloria, have cast their votes at Kalama-owei Wari Unit 4, Ward 6, Sampou in Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA.

The governor commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for improving their facilities and training of personnel.


Diri, who spoke to newsmen shortly after voting, however expressed concerns about the alleged restriction of PDP members and agents from Nembe-Basambiri.

He said: “I think this is an improvement on all other elections, that we have participated on, and it’s very seamless, very fast and if it continues like this, then I want to believe that INEC is improving not only on their facilities but the training of their personnel that are handling the process.

“It is too early to call, we are still putting our ears to the ground as to what is happening in other polling units, but here I’m very satisfied with the process and the personnel that is handling the process.

“But we have concerns about Nembe-Basambiri. Our party members, most of them have been excluded, our agents have been stopped from going into Nembe, that is a very serious concern. Our party has written to INEC and they have to take drastic action to ensure our people are allowed to vote.

“In any case, what we call for is a free, fair process where BIVAS should be used just as I have done here today, so let the accreditation be by BIVAS.”

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