INEC Issues Strong Warning to Staff Deployed to Kogi, Imo, Bayelsa: “Allow Voters to Decide”

INEC Issues Strong Warning to Staff Deployed to Kogi, Imo, Bayelsa: “Allow Voters to Decide”

  • The Independent National Electoral Commission has assured the electorates that their votes would count
  • This assurance came ahead of the Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states governorship elections scheduled for November 11
  • The commission also issued a warning to its officials to shun any act that could compromise the integrity of the electoral process journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The Saturday, November 11, off-season elections will be held in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states.

INEC, November off-cycle elections
INEC warns staff against compromise in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa elections. Photo credit: INEC Nigeria
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The citizens in the three states will decide who becomes their next leader in the next four years through their votes.

While Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa and Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo seek re-election, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state would exit office but has presented his preferred successor, Usman Ododo.

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INEC warns staff ahead of the Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa poll

As the race begins amidst the threat of violence, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured that the citizens' votes in the three respective states will count.

The commission also assured that its officials will upload election results on its Results Viewing (IReV) portal, Daily Trust reported.

Interestingly, INEC issued a strong warning to its officials deployed to the three states, urging them to avoid partisanship and any other act that could compromise the integrity of the electoral process, The Cable reported.

Did INEC withdraw passwords to upload results to INEC's iREV?

Earlier, INEC denied withdrawing passwords from some of its local government supervisors in Imo state.

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According to a report by, the commission made it clear that passwords for uploading results have been released to presiding officers.

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Meanwhile, in a poll conducted by on Twitter, 54.4% of the respondents said Dino Melaye, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, would win the election, while 26% went for Usman Ahmed Ododo of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, 14.9% of the respondents predicted that the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, would win, while the remaining 4.7% went for Leke Abejide of the African Democratic Congress. notes that this is simply a poll to provide an insight into the possible voting pattern. INEC will conduct voting, and the electoral body will officially declare the winner.


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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at with 6+ years of experience. Before joining, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email:

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