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14 political parties condemn use of ex-militants, thugs, Military in Bayelsa election


14 Political parties in Bayelsa state has condemned the use of ex-militants, military and thugs to hijack electoral materials during the governorship election in the state.
In a press briefing today in Yenagoa, Prince Elemah who spoke on behalf of the parties said the 14 parties strongly opposed such flaws that arise from the governorship election.
Prince Elemah who belong to the Independent Democrats (ID) stressed that the parties also condemned the electoral fraud that characterized the election at Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state where INEC personnel and election materials were carted away by hoodlums through the back door of security operatives to harass, intimidate and dehumanized the electorates including agents of political parties.
To this end, Elemah warned that any attempt by any political party, group and agents to manipulate INEC from exercising their franchise during the re-scheduled election in Southern Ijaw will be resisted, adding that INEC should be unbiased, neutral and transparent during the re-scheduled election.
However, the 14 political parties have dissociated itself from any candidate, group and political party for threatening INEC in the course of carrying out their legitimate duty.
According to Elemah, they are 1re-affirming their commitment to the peace accord signed by all the political parties with INEC in ensuring free, fair and credible election.
They commended all Bayelsans for their peaceful disposition despite security challenges during the election in particular with the people of Southern Ijaw by standing firm to protest against the flagrant perpetration of injustice and open abuse and denial of their fundamental rights to vote during the election and urged them to be strong and firm under the cover of the law and security protection to vote during the re-run election.
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