Political stakeholders in Bayelsa State are mounting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the October 31 bye-election due to the ravaging flood in the state.
The Bye-election is for the vacant positions of the Bayelsa West and Central senatorial seats at the National Assembly.
According to the political stakeholders from the Bayelsa West and Central areas of the state, the areas mostly affected by the flood are situated in Sagbama, Ekeremor, Yenagoa and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas of the state which are under the electoral units involved in the anticipated bye-election.
The leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have remained silent over the issue of the postponement of the October 31 bye-election due to flood.
Reports say though the INEC through its Bayelsa Head of Voters Education and Publicity, Wilfred Ifogah, insisted that the Commission is ready to conduct the senatorial bye-election despite the pressure being mounted on it for postponement.