The Independent National Electoral Commission has postponed State House of Assembly elections in eight of the 24 constituencies of Bayelsa State.
In a statement issued on Friday, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Baritor Kpagih, said that the elections for the affected constituencies would hold on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
The affected councils are Ekeremor Constituencies 1, 2, and 3, Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituencies 1 and 2, Sagbama Constituencies 1 and 2 and Southern Ijaw Constituency 1.
Kpagih said however that the election would hold as scheduled in the remaining 16 constituencies on Saturday.
He said the election was shifted because of the position of stakeholders that election should not hold ‘without full complements of the ballot papers.’
His words: “Following the stand of the stakeholders that no election should take place in the State without full complement of ballot papers, having regard to the total PVC distributed, the State House of Assembly election slated for Saturday, the 11th of April, 2015, in Bayelsa State has been rescheduled to Saturday the 18th day of April, 2015 in the following constituencies…”
Bayelsa is one of the six states, where the governorship election will not hold on Saturday as the incumbent have yet to serve out their tenure. Other states are Osun, Ekiti, Kogi, Ondo and Edo.