The people of Bayelsa State have been advised to shun vote buying and other electoral malpractices as the November 16 Governorship election approaches.
Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Frankland Briyai gave the advice after after receiving an award tag ‘The Prestigious Distinguished Service Award of Humanity’ in Calabar, the state Capital.
”I urge you all to get your permanent voter cards ready, without it, you have no voting right in the election.
”If you get to the polling units, observe the voting procedures, be on queue and wait for your turn to do the necessary things before voting the candidate of your choice… All vote will count and I encourage you to vote for right candidates who will take Bayelsa higher,” Dr Briyai said.
He went further to advice politicians saying ”election is not a do or die affair and that no life should be lost because of election.
”We did not lose any live in Cross River State all through the voting period of the last general elections, so it is also possible in the forthcoming Governorship election. ’’
Dr Briyai said that the Independence National Electoral Commission, INEC, should create awareness by calling on the stakeholders and electorates in the state, to urge them to shun violence acts before, during and after the election.
”I will like you people to educate the young people, the youths andthe elderly persons, to understand that election is not a do or die affair. Nobody should be indicated in causing trouble,”he stated.
Dr Briyai said that there would be absolute security as two states; Kogi and Bayelsa’s elections are having elections on the same.
”Only Bayelsa and Kogi States will be conducting elections on the 16th of November 2019, it means that there will be adequate security. Let everybody participate in this election, let there be jingle, write-ups, to show peace and unity in the states,’’ he said.
Dr Briyai received the prestige award from the IJI Communication Publishers of the Crusader Newspaper at the INEC head office in Calabar.
The Executive Managing Editor of the Newspaper, Mr Amozou Isele explained that the award was given to him for impacting on people’s lives throughout his service years.
”This the account of his good deeds. We took a cursory of evaluation of his character in public service, right from the military, academia and now as an election empire is unprecedented, so he deserve to be given such an award,’’ he added.