B‎ayelsa Election: PDM Candidate Raises Alarm Over Electoral Irregularities

B‎ayelsa Election: PDM Candidate Raises Alarm Over Electoral Irregularities
Chris Steven, Abuja

The candidate of Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) in the ongoing governorship election in Bayelsa state, Siloko Siasia, has alleged irregularities, financial inducement and has called for the disqualification of parties and candidates involved in the irregularities.

‎Siasia, in a press statement signed my his media aide, Michael Abimboye, alleged that there were cases of thumb-printing of ballot papers in some areas of the state.

“No election took place in Bayelsa state. It was political bazaar, the highest bidder. INEC should immediately look into this and disqualification of political parties involved in the financial inducement, violent and electoral irregularities, Illegal thump printing of ballot papers.” he said

Mr. Siasia said thumb-printing of ballot papers contravened the Electoral Act and should be checked immediately by the security agencies.

“I am also using this opportunity to call on the security agencies to do something about it immediately. ‎I don’t believe that with the level of commitment we got from the INEC Chairman, this kind of irregularities took place.

“I experienced some government officials with large number of PVCs on election day. What were they doing with such a large number of PVCs? For government officials to have large numbers of PVCs, then the election cannot stand.

“Security agencies should do their own investigation and bring such persons to book because I believe they contravene the Electoral Act. We must ensure that such kinds of people are taught the lessons of their lives.” he said