Towards the forthcoming Saturday December 2nd Local Government elections, the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) has assured that they have put modalities in place to conduct an election that will be generally accepted by Akwa Ibom people.
The Commission gave the assurance today when it briefed the press on its plans towards the election at the NUJ Press Centre, Uyo.
According to the Chairman of the Commission, Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak, AKISIEC has taken possession of all sensitive and non sensitive materials.
He offered insight to the fact that non sensitive materials had already been deployed to AKISIEC area offices in the 31 Local Government Areas of the State while the sensitive materials shall be deployed 24 hours to the elections.
Ikoiwak noted that for the smooth running of the elections, AKISIEC has trained all its Ad hoc staff, retained Electoral Officers among supportive staff.
The Chairman stated that since voting begins at 8am and closes at 2pm, it will be expected of eligible voters to be at their voting unit with their Permanent Voters Card on or before 2pm which lateness will lead to disqualification of the voter.
While stressing that Card readers will not be used for the elections, Ikoiwak added: ” it is also important to say that every voter is expected to appear in person with his/her Voter’s card. Let me add that we are using the 2015 Voters Register produced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)”.
He explained that the decision means that anyone who registered with INEC in the ongoing Continuous Voter registration will not have his/her name in the register and therefore is not eligible to vote and has no business at the polling unit. He pointed out that those who lost their PVC and their names are in the register will however be allowed to vote.
The electoral umpire also said that accreditation and voting shall be done simultaneously with sorting, counting, collating and announcement of votes cast to follow.
Ikoiwak noted that accreditation has been given to several election observers and advised eligible voters to go to their voting unit to carry out their franchise without fear as security operatives will be on ground to protect persons and materials.
While thanking all for their support towards the Commission, he urged all to demonstrate peaceful conduct during the exercise.
By Ekemini Simon