The Bayelsa State Police Command said it has deployed over five thousand officers and personnel from sister security agencies ahead of the conduct of the State Assembly election on Saturday.

Bayelsa is one of the states that will not be participating in the governorship elections owing to its off-season gubernatorial calendar, however, elections for the state house of assembly will be conducted in the state.

The Police Command also reiterated the ban on VIPs moving with escorts and security aides on election day, in a statement issued on Friday to DAILY POST by the State’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Asinim Butswat.

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The security agencies in the state were also ordered to enforce the restriction of movement on land and the waterways from 12am to 6pm on 18th March 2023, with the exception of those on essential services.

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The Commissioner of Police in charge of election in Bayelsa State, CP Mohammed Dankwara said officers deployed for the election are to be professional in discharging their duties and also abide by the operational guidelines for election duties.

He enjoined the electorates to come out en masse and exercise their franchise by voting for the candidate of their choice and urged members of the public to utilize the distress call numbers and report any security situation to the Joint Operation Center on 09167322691 07034578208.