By Isaiah Eka
Uyo, Oct. 22, 2020 The Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC), Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, has disclosed that 10,000 adhoc staff have been trained and will be deployed during the Oct. 31 local government council elections in the state.
Ikoiwak disclosed this at the end of the meeting with the Chairman, Interagency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), held in Uyo on Thursday.
He said that the local government election was the first time the electoral umpire will ensure smooth transition of power at the grassroots in the state.
The chairman of AKISIEC said that accreditation will commence at exactly 8am in all polling units, adding that voters are expected to wear facemasks as water and hand sanitizers will be provided at polling units.
He added that eight political parties will participate in the local government elections.
He said that the voter’s register and permanent voters card will be used for accreditation of voters and urged eligible voters to show up in their respective voting units.
“Before now, the local government administration in the state was characterised by Caretaker Committees or Transition Committees, but we decided to change the narrative by conducting election in the council areas to bring new leaders to succeed those ones whose tenure has expired. It has not happened before in the state.
“Records in my office indicate that eight political parties will participate in the coming local government polls. The eight political parties are captured in the ballot papers,” Ikoiwak said.
The Chairman of the Interagency Consultative Committee on Election Security and the Commissioner of Police in the State, Andrew Amiengheme, said all security agencies will be fully mobilized for the election.
Amiengheme said that the command will partner with other security agencies in the state to ensure peace before, during and after the council elections.
He cautioned politicians to play the game according to the rules and advise their supporters to remain peaceful.
He said that there will be restrictions of movement within the voting period and warned criminals to stay off the voting arena as law enforcement agencies will not tolerate any form of electoral
Naija247news reports that the meeting was attended by all Heads of Security Agencies in the state.
By Isaiah Eka