#NigeriaDecide2019: Killings Mar Bayelsa Election With Impressive Turnout
The sun rose early as Bayelsans made their ways to various voting centres across Yenagoa, the state capital, to cast their votes.
In some wards, eligible voters arrived before officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), showing how eager they were to vote.
While security men arrived at some places before the INEC staff and sensitive materials, others were not seen till 10:18.a.m.
Bounce News visited some centres within Yenagoa, the state capital.
From Agudama through Akenpai, Edepie, Tombia, Okutukutu, Opolo, Biogbolo to Kpansia, Okaka, Ekeki and Amarata communities, some residents went with their chairs.
Voting, however, commenced before 11: a.m.
Heavily armed security personnel stood guard in some centres.
In each centre, ad-hoc staff submitted their mobile phones to security men before they officially resume duty.
After the accreditation, voting commenced.
Despite the scorching sun, residents waited patiently for their turn.
Visibly pregnant women and the elderly were given special attention.
At Agudama, an elderly man Mr Fred Aziba expressed disappointment over the malfunctioning of card readers.
"One person will vote and card reader will stop working.
"After the postponement, l didn't expect this slow process at all.
"The security situation is commendable and l feel safe here," he concluded.
At Kpansia primary school ward 8, a voter who simply identified herself as Beauty told Bounce News that it was her first time to vote.
"I never wanted to vote o!
"But, the hardship l experience now, requires urgent send-forth," she added.
The participation of electorates may have been commended, but killings did not fail to happen in the state, as some persons push to influence the outcome of the election.
At Swali market roundabout an indigene of the state, whose identity, has not been confirmed, was shot dead.
There were other killings and shootings in the state that Governor Seriake Dickson confirmed on Saturday and these have dug a hole in the impeccability of the election that had a huge turnout.
He has asked INEC to reject results in the state and cancel the election.
The Police have not giving the number of persons killed.
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