GOVERNORSHIP candidates of the twenty political parties vying for Creek Haven, the Bayelsa Government House in the December 5 guber election will today (Tuesday) meet in Yenagoa to sign a peace accord ahead of the poll. Vanguard gathered that the peace meeting, convened at the instance of Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is to extract the commitment of the parties and their candidates to a peaceful poll devoid of rancour and bloodletting.
The candidates of the twenty political parties jostling for the plum office, it was learnt, have signified their intention to attend the meeting because of the importance attached to it.The essence of the programme is for the twenty political parties and the candidates contesting the December 5 governorship election in the state to publicly affirm their commitment to a non violent and peaceful election.
Head of Department, Voter Education/Publicity, Mr. Timidi Wariowei, in an interview in Yenagoa told Vanguard that the commission had already notified all the political parties to come along with their governorship candidates to sign the peace deal.
According to him, majority of the the parties have indicated willingness to be part of the historic event.
His words, “Due to the importance the commission attaches to a peaceful election, the acting chairman of the commission, Mrs. Amina Zakari will personally come to Bayelsa State to witness the peace deal.
“Also expected at the event are the state commissioner of police, Director SSS, head of other security agencies, traditional/religious ruler, leading civil society organisations, the media and other stakeholders.”
He enjoined all the political parties and their governorship candidates to attend the programme and sign the peace deal, which according to him, will help guarantee a peaceful, free, fair and credible election in the state.