Residents of Bayelsa head to the polling units to elect the leader to steer the affairs of the state for the next four years.
Although there are other political parties involved in the polls, all eyes will be on the locally-ruling Peoples Democratic Party and their major rival, the All Progressives Congress.
While the incumbent governor Seriake Dickson of the PDP looks like the favourite, especially with the huge support and accorded him because of the former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, the APC candidate, Timipre Sylva will ride on his luck as a candidate with the 'federal might'.
Legit.ng has a full squad on ground to monitor proceedings, and will bring you live updates from the oil-rich state.
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Day 2 (Sunday, December 6)
6.20pm: Press men, both local and foreign observers, security operatives, NGOs, party agents, INEC officials have started arriving INEC collation centre ahead of the collation exercise and announcement of election results.
5.50pm: Ex Niger Delta militants have disrupted the election in Amassoma ward of Ijaw South LGA, Channels TV reports. Armed people have chased away the voters, the journalists and the INEC officials.
5.30pm: Results from Yenagoa LGA are expected, as the announcement is set for 6pm.
4.25pm: Announcement of results will not start earlier than in 1.5 hours – INEC source.
4.02pm: Election results from three LGAs of Bayelsa have just arrived the INEC collation centre in Yenagoa, the capital of the state.
3.01pm: No INEC officials, materials at ward 2, unit 2 in Southern Ijaw.
2.57pm: Ward 1, units 2, 3 (Southern Ijaw), Oporoma ward 1, units 8 & 17: accreditation in progress. Voting and accreditation may be conducted simultaneously, due to time factor.
2.20pm: More activities reported in the troubled LGA: Accreditation in progress in ward 1 unit 6; officials and materials have just arrived PU 08-07-01-006 (Oporoma 1 ward, unit 6, Southern Ijaw).
2.05pm: INEC officials and materials arrive in Unit 3, Ogboinbiri Comp., Oporoma ward in Southern Ijaw.
1.24pm: According to Situation Room, the INEC is distributing materials to the wards at their distribution point. Materials yet to get to the polling units.
1.07pm: Political thugs drowned two policemen in Southern Ijaw LGA - Punch reports.
12.58pm: No materials or INEC officials yet in any polling unit in Southern Ijaw - Situation Room says.
10am: More security men deployed to Southern Ijaw.
9am: Hashimu Argungu, the deputy inspector general of police, addressed press men, said all security agencies have been mobilised to beef up security in Southern Ijaw. The police restricted movement in the affected areas.
8am: Voting should commence in Southern Ijaw local government area.
Day 1 (Sunday, December 5)
8pm: INEC officials and security agencies met and agreed that election would take place in Southern Ijaw LGA tomorrow despite the hitch earlier reported.
6.30pm: As election results are being collated in all parts of the state, report says election could not take place in Southern Ijaw local government due to logistics problem and security threat.
6pm: Casting of votes has ended in most part of Bayelsa as INEC officers begin collation of results from polling units. Life has returned to the capital city Yenagoa as the 7am-6pm curfew has been lifted. Residents have started to gather in tens discussing the poll.
4.37 pm: Voting is still going on in Brass, Otueke, Ogbia and all other parts of the state. Election started late in Bayelsa with a reported low turnout of voters. Residents are beginning to come out to about their normal business here in Yenagoa.
4.15pm: Voting has ended at PU09 Ward 8, Ogbia and counting has commenced.
4.11pm: At Ward 5, unit 3 voting is still on going with less voters yet to vote.
4.03pm: At Ward 5, unit 2, voting is still on going with 1149 registered voters and 300 accredited voters.
3.40pm: At Ward 6, Unit 8, the INEC officials are waiting for 4pm to start counting the votes as all 213 accredited voters have cast their votes.
3.24pm: Voting is going on peacefully at Ward 6, polling unit 10 in Yenagoa. A total of 569 registered voters were accredited out of a total of a massive 1196 registered voters.
3.32pm: While voting has started in some units in Okpoama, some suspected thugs of the APC reportedly chased away PDP agents from Polling Unit 15, Ward 4.
3.31pm: Tension rising in 06/06/08/011 over a voter who attempted to vote a second time.
3.26pm: Legit.ng correspondent in Bayelsa can report that APC's Sylva has cast his vote in his Okpo-ama hometown.
3.25pm: The PDP has called on all Bayelsans to disregard bulk SMS circulating around that the election has been postponed.
3.20pm: Timi Alaibe, a strong member of the APC, has also cast his vote, among others who have voted.
2.45pm: Election yet to commence in Southern Ijaw owing to fear of violence by INEC staff. Also in parts of Nembe and Brass.
2.30pm: Timipre Sylva may soon come out to vote soon as voting has commenced in his Okpo-ama hometown.
2.10pm: Serious arguments at PU 01, 06 & 15, Oloibiri Ward, Ogbia LGA. Sources say it is about to escalate into serious crisis and assistance required from the Nigeria Police.
2.07pm: Accreditation has stopped at PU 06/06/11/002 Agoro Ward, Sagbama LGA due to faulty card readers.
2.02pm: Voting has commenced at 1.49am in PU 06/05/10/002, Oloibiri Ward, Ogbia local government area.
2.00pm: Voting commenced by 12 noon at PU 06/08/01/016, Attissa I, Yenagoa. Just 158 voters out of the 950 registered.
2.00pm: At the PU 039, Otuoke, accreditation has ended and voting has commenced.
1.57pm: Kolga ward 7, Unit 10, Ekpuwari townhall. Registered voters - 235, PVCs distributed - 231 and about six underage voters reported.
1.40pm: Accreditation ends at Ward 3 Unit 5 Ewo-ama, Brass LGA.
1.15pm: Voting disrupted by thugs and INEC officials have taken materials to a more secure location in PU 10, Agudama Ward 10, Yenagoa.
1.10pm: Cases of underage voting have been recorded in PU 06/03/07/010, Opokuma North Ward, Kolokuma/Opokuma LG.
1.o5pm: Accreditation has ended in all 18 PUs in Imiringi Ward, Ogbia LGA except PU 016.
12.50pm: Election will only continue in non-violent areas of Southern Ijaw LGA. More security personnel have been deployed to the area now.
12.28pm: INEC Electoral Officer for Southern Ijaw has announced the cancellation of election in the LG. New date for election to be announced later.
12pm: Timipre Sylva and his wife have been accredited in his hometown in Okpo-ama. The APC candidate was accredited after the third attempt.
12pm: INEC officials held hostage at Oporoma headquarters of South Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa; heavy shootings witnessed.
11.49am: In PU 013, Ward 9, Ekeremor LGA, the Card Reader is not working and accreditation has been suspended.
11.46am: Accreditation suspended in Unit 10, Adagbabiri ward, Sagbama LG due to Card Reader failure.
11.41am: Legit.ng correspondent on ground in Sylva's hometown can report that the APC gubernatorial candidate has been sighted him and his wife as they are on the queue to get accredited.
11.40am: Wrong card reader delivered to Unit 10, Ward 7, Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa.
11.30am: PU06/08/05/014,Suspicion of fake Voter's Register which has led to disagreement between voters three INEC officials.
11.20am: INEC withdraws corp members following violence in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state.
11.19am: Thugs disrupt election, cart away voting materials in Unit 4, Ward 10, Brass LG.
11.00am: Late of arrival of election materials at PU06/06/11/002, Agoro Ward, Sagbama LGA. Accreditation just commencing.
10.57am: Accreditation is going on with the ward 4, unit 5 in Yenagoa LGA. However, the card reader also cannot identify thump prints but can identify the voters card.
10.54am: Accreditation is ongoing at Ward 04, polling unit 02 Aruenghene primary school, Yenagoa LGA. Card readers also failing to read voters fingers here also.
10.42am: The former president Goodluck Jonathan has finally been accredited after the card reader could not accept his date earlier.
10.40am: Security forces have taken control of the situation in Oporomo, Southern Ijaw. However, accreditation is yet to start in the area.
10.30am: In Okpo-ama Ward 4 polling unit, there are issues hitches as regards card reader not capturing finger print.
10.10am: Legit.ng is presently in Okpo-ama area of Bayelsa, the hometown of the APC candidate, Timipre Sylva. He has been sighted already and will come out for accreditation any moment.
9.48am: Low turn out witnessed in places visited so far in Otuoke as former president Goodluck Jonathan is yet to be accredited.
9.45am: The former President Goodluck Jonathan just arrived his polling unit in Otueke to get accredited.
9.27am: At the Ward 4 Unit 14, Agudama Epie, Yenagoa. Polling officials arrived 8.20am, accreditation started at 8.40am. Ten policemen are present.
9.26am: JTF calling for reinforcement in Southern Ijaw. Violence has re-erupted. Four people reportedly killed.
9.16am: 5 people reported killed in Oporoma LGA. All said to be ex-militants allegedly loyal to PDP.
9.10am: In Brass, the general observation is that the people are reluctant to come out for accreditation because they are feeling indifferent. The INEC officials have been on ground but the people have refused to come out.
8.40am: At Nembe village, INEC officials are not on ground while in Brass LG, accreditation did not commence by 8.00am as scheduled.
8.40am: Legit.ng can authoritatively report that accreditation is yet to begin at any polling units in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital as at the time of filling in this report (8.40am). At Ward 1, Attissa, polling unit 11, electoral officers have arrived and are yet to set up or settle down.
8.39am: At the Ward 3 Unit 5, Swali, Yenagoa, there is no INEC official present. Security officials seen around the polling units already.
8.35am: Ward 7, Unit 16, Agbia, Yenagoa LGA . No INEC official present.
8.34am: Tables being arranged in Ward 02 of Brass local government area of Bayelsa.
8.30am: Shoot-out between rival party thugs in Nembe community which started last night still ongoing as at 7.30am.
8.30am: Ewo-Ama, Brass, Ward 3, Unit 5. Accreditation just started.
8.24am: At Ward 1, Unit 16 Fagida voting centre, Yenagoa LGA, electoral officers have arrived here with materials. But there is a little controversy here as regards the presence of electoral officers as some are yet to arrive. Accreditation is yet to begin by 8.27am.
8.16am: In Yenagoa Ward I, there are problems of proper identification of the different PUs. Accreditation yet to start.
8.15am: Situation Room reports have it that there is a heavy gunfire in Oporoma, Southern Ijaw LGA. Shootings started around 6.00am. Residents in hiding.
8.13am: Information gathered have it that the distribution started as early as 5.00am today.
8.08am: At the INEC distribution centre in Brass, the last team of Ad-hoc staff are being despatched to the field and are being escorted by security officials amid fears of ballot-box snatching in that region.
7.58am: Election officers have arrived at Ward 6, Epeie in Yenagoa LGA. Residents have also arrived here to check their names on the registered voters list. Security operatives, including the police and Civil Defence, are on ground.
7.33am: As accreditation is expected to start by 8am, residents and motorists in Yenagoa, the state capital are seen moving freely as movement is yet to be fully restricted. Food sellers, Local alcohol joints are seen selling at the Ekeke motor park here in Yenagoa.
7.20am: Security agents have manned different parts of the state as the electorates have also started leaving their houses for the polling units.
There were reports that the PDP's chances of coming out on top were dealt a massive blow when some of its members in the present administration of Dickson openly declared support for the opposition during the APC's campaign preceding the election.
And although it may have depleted the party's chances further, the presence and the influence of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan is also one factor that may yet determine where the pendulum will swing at the end of the day when the election results would be announced.
Bayelsa has three senatorial districts, five federal constituencies, 24 state constituencies, eight local government areas and 105 wards.
There are 1,806 polling units across the local government areas in the state, available to the 663,748 registered voters in the state. Based on gender distribution, the men constitute 54%, while women make up 46% of the voting population.
Observers, both foreign and local will now keep a keen eye on the state, not because an APC chieftain was shot dead recently, or because an aspirant under the opposition 'wanted in' at the PDP divide of the state, but because of the ugly incidents that trailed the recently-held polls in Kogi state, where Prince Abubakar Audu, the governorship candidate of the APC died after the election had been declared inconclusive.
Some were of the opinion that the late former governor must have been poisoned by some tops guns in the party who did not want him to rule again, but this was a mere speculation, as no autopsy confirmed the authenticity of the allegations.