The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that a total of 137,973 party agents will participate in the upcoming governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states.

INEC has confirmed that a total of 137,973 polling and collation agents have been registered to take part in the governorship elections scheduled for November 11, 2023, in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states.

According to INEC, they released a list of polling and collation agents, and as of the deadline for uploading this list by political parties to the INEC portal, a total of 34,704 agents were uploaded for Bayelsa State, 65,274 for Imo State, and 37,995 for Kogi State, summing up to 137,973 agents.

The statement was signed by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun.

The Commission also noted that not all political parties nominated agents for every polling and collation center in the respective states. Some parties lacked agents in specific locations despite having candidates in the election.

INEC additionally released an Information Booklet for these three governorship polls, which includes infographic summaries of registered voters, Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) collected by Local Government Areas (LGAs), and the distribution of registered voters by gender, age group, occupation, and disability.

The publication also provides a list of candidates and detailed information about two polling units in Bayelsa and 38 in Imo State that have no registered voters. INEC has repeatedly stated that no elections will take place in these polling units, and no materials or officials will be deployed to them.

Sixteen political parties are sponsoring candidates for the election in Bayelsa State, while 18 parties are doing so in both Imo and Kogi States. The elections will occur in 10,470 polling units, excluding the 40 polling units without registered voters.

Each political party is expected to nominate polling agents for all polling units and for the 649 Ward, 56 Local Government Area (LGA), and three State collation centers.

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