Report reaching NewsNet Nigeria indicates that a yet-to-be-identified vigilante has died from a stray bullet that hit him during the conduct of the Isoko South constituency 1 bye-election in Delta State.
The election was held today Saturday, September 11, 2021, to fill the vacant Constituency seat in the Delta State House of Assembly.
Some news sources had reported that the victim was one of the voters who turned out for voting at a polling unit in Irri, near Oleh, headquarters of Isoko South Local Government Area until suspected armed hoodlums invaded the unit.
However, when contacted, the spokesperson for the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, told NewsNet Nigeria that the deceased was a vigilante who was around the polling unit but, could not confirm if the victim was among the voters who turned up at the unit to cast their vote.
Accreditation and voting for the election NewsNet Nigeria learnt started around 8:30am following the arrival materials arrived at the polling units across the Constituency.
Security beats were stationed at strategic junctions and every polling unit to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the electorates to cast their votes.
There was a good turnout of the people of Isoko South Constituency to voting points to choose the person to represent them at the state legislature.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, used the election to test run its newly introduced Bimodal Voters Authentification Machine, which captures the face and fingerprints of eligible voters before they cast their votes.
At some polling units, the machines had glitches in capturing the faces of some electorates and fingerprints of others.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Ovuakpoye Evivie and that of the All Progressive Congress, APC, voted almost the same time at Unit 6, Ward 2 and Unit 9, Ward 1, Oleh.
Mr Evivie and Dr Ifowodo lauded the massive turnout of eligible voters and the officials of INEC for the peaceful conduct of the bye-election.
There was also an appreciable turnout of eligible voters and peaceful conduct of the bye-election under the watchful eyes of INEC officials and security agents at other polling units across Oleh, Emede and Irri.
Unit 9, Ward 10, Irri, temper ran high as some supporters of some political parties almost exchanged blows.