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Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by dre11(m): 4:34pm On Oct 27, 2015
• We’re not aware – INEC

From Ikenna Emewu, Abuja

Amid claims and counter claims of plots to rig the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa State by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), Daily Sun learnt that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has actually uncovered such attempt.
Some highly placed politicians in Bayelsa had capitalized on the recent review of voters’ register in the state to massively bloat the figures by infusing names including the under-aged persons to make the voters’ list larger.


A reliable INEC source revealed that the culprits exploited the few days used by INEC to update the voters’ register in the state last month by skewing it in some areas where they felt they could easily manipulate the result of the forth-coming poll. Luck, however, ran against the perpetrators when it was discovered that the voting strength of the state had almost doubled what was originally in the register.
The development became glaringly questionable as the inflated figures came after the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Baritor Kpagih, had lamented very poor turnout of voters for the registration when it was still on.

It was revealed that some politicians with financial inducements allgedly compromised certain officials of INEC from the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Unit who handled the registration. Some ICT staffers who were accused of the fraud had allegedly configured about 50 Data Capturing Machines (DCMs) and deployed them for the purpose without the knowledge of others; particularly the Electoral Officers (EOs) in the local government areas whose duty it was to coordinate the exercise.
Of the 160 DCMs deployed in the state for the exercise, at an average of 20 machines per local government area (LGA), it was gathered that the ICT staff released 130 to the EOs. Curiously, aside the remaining 30 machines not deployed in the field including those that should have served as backup, it was also discovered that they used 26 other machines for the exercise. The implication is that the fraudulent ICT officer working for his pay masters may have deployed 56 DCMs in the private homes of his ‘clients’ where they carried out the nefarious act.

On seeing the figures that came in from Bayelsa after the recent update of voters’ register, the leadership of INEC suspected foul play as it was impossible to capture such staggering number of prospective voters within the limited period for the exercise.
Daily Sun learnt that the INEC leadership set up a panel to investigate the alleged racket. A directive from the commission’s headquarters summoning the officers in Bayelsa to Abuja had asked them to come with every material used for the exercise. We gathered that the materials were loaded in three Hilux vans and brought to Abuja.

The State Administrative Secretary, Electoral Officers, ICT staff both in the national headquarters and Bayelsa office and any other persons directly or indirectly related to the issue appeared before the panel on October 19.
“The veracity of what the EOs got from the field was very glaring. From the documents they presented to the panel, some of the data generated from the field were still as raw as they were collated. To compound the ICT staff case, the EOs explained the number of data capturing machines they deployed in field and matched them with the data generated. It was at this point that the panel discovered that the culprit did not send all the 160 DCMs meant for the exercise to the field; instead his urge to make quick money made him divert about 30 of them for his private business. It didn’t end there, it turned out that he had 26 other extra machines which only he could tell where he got them from”, a source said.
The ICT officer was handed over to the security from the venue of the panel for more investigation. Further inquiry has allegedly revealed some tens of millions of naira in his bank accounts, which might be proceeds from the deal.
Meanwhile, INEC has dismissed the allegation that one of its officers inflated the voters register, denying that the officer was equally facing any disciplinary action.

Reacting to the claim, the Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, admitted that though all the officers in both Kogi and Bayelsa were in Abuja last week, the issue of inflation of voters’ register did not come up.
“I don’t know the details, but we didn’t summon our officers in Bayelsa to Abuja last week. Our officers both from Kogi and Bayelsa have always come to Abuja for regular consultation.
“Yes, they were in Abuja last week, but it was a meeting with the commissioners, secretary, and senior management staff to streamline the preparations for the elections. The meeting has nothing to do with an inflation of the voters’ register in Bayelsa,” he said.

http://sunnewsonline.com/new/guber-poll-voters-register-fraud-rocks-bayelsa/

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Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by wasco24: 4:34pm On Oct 27, 2015
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Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by Joeace3000(m): 4:37pm On Oct 27, 2015
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Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by ijustdey: 4:41pm On Oct 27, 2015
the rigging mechanism have started......



so that the act could be perfected.....
am sure the card reader will take care of some cases and the security will be tight





the world is watching what the new INEC chairman would do....
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by wachakuta(m): 4:47pm On Oct 27, 2015
Gbege
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by damton(m): 4:47pm On Oct 27, 2015
Nigerian electoral system still has a long way to go.
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by Dottore: 4:47pm On Oct 27, 2015
Ok
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by HawksDude(m): 4:48pm On Oct 27, 2015
PDP! You people again?? Later you'll complain when they annul your election.

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Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by veekid(m): 4:49pm On Oct 27, 2015
Kk
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by lizu4chizu(m): 4:49pm On Oct 27, 2015
Ok
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by warrior01: 4:50pm On Oct 27, 2015
Ok
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by sammyj: 4:50pm On Oct 27, 2015
Ok
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by ultrazone(m): 4:51pm On Oct 27, 2015
Watching
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by GoldenJAT(m): 4:51pm On Oct 27, 2015
Let d best rigger win

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Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by Trailblazer1(m): 4:51pm On Oct 27, 2015
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by Nobody: 4:51pm On Oct 27, 2015
Another reason to push the hausa/fulani mandate.

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Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by TonyeBarcanista(m): 4:52pm On Oct 27, 2015
APC and Buhari don't believe in free and fair election. They are determined to impose Sylva on Bayelsans but Bayelsa will resist their illicit move.

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Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by ricsman(m): 4:52pm On Oct 27, 2015
now now
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by mrphysics(m): 4:53pm On Oct 27, 2015
waiting for Tribunals final decision after d election
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by Donsheddy(m): 4:53pm On Oct 27, 2015
Ss
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by IbokUtoroh(m): 4:54pm On Oct 27, 2015
if underage voter could vote up north, why cry foul or try to disenfanchise them down south?
i thought what is good for the goose shd also be good for the gander.

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Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by Fingesi(m): 4:54pm On Oct 27, 2015
wachakuta:
Gbege
original Gbege
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by DanielPop(m): 4:54pm On Oct 27, 2015
Another "planted story" to discredit PDP's victory when it comes eventually. Those chanting APC in Bayelsa will vote PDP when it is down to the ballot. They are only interested in getting money from Abuja. Bayelsa is PDP and PDP is Bayelsa. Delude yourself if you think otherwise. Never for once will i think Katsina will be PDP.

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Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by 22logos: 4:55pm On Oct 27, 2015
Pdp and their malicious ways
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by jerrado(m): 4:55pm On Oct 27, 2015
#bayelsa..... #pdp

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Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by adioolayi(m): 4:55pm On Oct 27, 2015
The Best 'Rigger' wins it all grin
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by Tvegas(m): 4:57pm On Oct 27, 2015
Its saddening that every fiber of our administration as a nation is crooked. Even INEC staff cant be trusted? Where do we go as a nation? Can Baba really rid every strata of our nationhood off corruption?
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by cupid4ig(m): 4:58pm On Oct 27, 2015
APC rigging cos Bayelsa belong to pdp

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Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by donholy28(m): 4:58pm On Oct 27, 2015
Corruption Everywhere...but we all know that PDP must surely win
Re: Guber Poll: Voters’ Register Fraud Rocks Bayelsa by Youpele52: 4:59pm On Oct 27, 2015
APC taught PDP "underaged voters" mechanism.
So both parties want to use mechanism.

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