The Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo states Gubernatorial election, one of the off-circle elections in
Nigeria’s electoral calendar held on November 11th 2023. The off-circle election was
foreshadowed by controversies following the conduct and results of the Presidential elections.
The election however, presented the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with
another opportunity to consolidate on the gains made during the February general election and also
show to the Nigerian people and indeed the entire world its commitment to continue to conduct
credible, free and fair elections in Nigeria.
According to statistics from INEC; Total registered voters for the three states, 5,409,438. For
Bayelsa, 1,056,862, Imo 2,419,922, and Kogi 1,932,654 respectively. Total number of PVCs
collected 5,169,692- Bayelsa 1,017,613, Imo – 2,318,919, Kogi- 1,833,160. The total number of
LGAs in these states is 56. Bayelsa has 8 LGAs, 27 in Imo and 21 in Kogi with a total of 10510
polling units; 2244 for Bayelsa, 4758 for Imo and 3508 for Kogi. However, voting did not happen
in 40 polling units, 38 in Imo and 2 in Bayelsa as it recorded no voters.
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