NEDU MARK, Yenagoa
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Bayelsa State, has issued certificates of return to 22 newly elected members of state House of Assembly who emerged victorious at the just concluded polls.
The commission also commended the elected lawmakers for conducting themselves peacefully at the general elections.
In Bayelsa, while 22 members out of the 24 seats in the state received the certificates, elections remain inconclusive in two constituencies.
The two constituencies where INEC is yet to declare results are Ogbia Constituency 2 and Brass Constituency 2.
Presenting the certificates, the Bayelsa state Resident Electoralcommission, Mr Baritor Kpagih, charged the lawmakers to be good representatives of the people who elected them.
“While you receive the certificate, I urge you to be good ambassadors of your constituencies. However, it is sad to say that Bayelsa is the only state in the country that is still having an outstanding election in the two out of the 24 constituencies.
“I also urge you to keep preaching the gospel of peace, especially in the two areas that the election was still inconclusive.
Responding on behalf of the recipients, Speaker, Bayelsa state House of Assembly, Mr Konbowei Benson extolled INEC on peaceful conduct of the general elections.
Benson, who was re elected as a lawmaker to represent Southern-Ijaw Constituency 4 said that the newly elected members would work in oneness for the betterment of Bayelsa.
“I believe that we are all good people of Bayelsa and our desire to serve the people is to raise the bar of peace and good governance. On the area that elections are still outstanding, we will continue to support INEC in ensuring that election is conducted in those constituencies,” Benson said.