Tension in Bayelsa as INEC set to collate final results from Sylva, his deputy LGAs Monday afternoon

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be collating final results on Monday afternoon following suspension of exercise on Sunday night.

The commission’s head of voters education and publicity in Bayelsa state, Wilfred Igofah, announced this to journalists Sunday night, citing “challenges in collation of results in Brass and Southern Ijaw” local government areas.

Consequently, Mr. Igofah said collation would resume by midday on Monday.

Timipre Sylva, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), hails from Brass, while his running mate, Maciver Joshua, hails from Southern Ijaw LGA.

Results from six out of the eight local government areas of the state have already been declared, placing Governor Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of other candidates in the election in five LGAs. Mr Sylva won only one of the six LGAs already declared.

Based on the results of the six LGAs declared, Mr Diri, the incumbent governor, is leading by 64,106 votes.

Mr Diri, a former senator, who is seeking a second term as governor, has scored a total of 137,909 votes from six LGAs so far declared.