A’Ibom LG Poll: Gov Emmanuel Hails Peaceful Conduct, AKISIEC | Independent Newspapers Nigeria

Uyo – Governor, Udom Emmanuel has commended the  Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) for working to ensure a transparent and smooth Local Government election in the state. 

He has also applauded the electorate for conducting themselves peacefully and orderly during the exercise . 

Governor Emmanuel  gave the commendation on Saturday at his polling unit, Awa ward 1 after carrying out a simultaneous accreditation and voting at 10am. 

“I think this is one of the peaceful elections we have ever had. I drove from Uyo down here trying to monitor the elections. I like the quietness and orderliness of the elections and I am also surprised at the preparedness of AKISIEC, the quality of materials; it is of a very high standard. 

“The transparency of the processes is commendable. They have done a good work but it is unfortunate that people will still be complaining even when we score the process 99 percent. I would only encourage them to do more.

Asked whether he still has confident in the Local government system, Emmanuel says “I have confidence in the system. If I didn’t have confidence, why should I waste my time coming here? I have confidence much more than ever before. This is the most peaceful elected to elected elections, grace pass grace”. he said 

The Presiding Officer of the ward, Destiny Bob who also spoke with newsmen said  accreditation and elections were done simultaneously, adding that despite the poor turn out of voters, the elections would end by 2pm.

His words  “elections started by 8am but it’s now 10am, we are still waiting for voters. No party agents are here but I believe they will come.

Our correspondent observed a general voter apathy 

as there was poor turnout in most wards and polling units in some parts of the state..

In Eket, some units were yet to receive voting materials as distribution of materials were very slow. Materials arrived Eket central 3, Afia Nist at about 10.42am, only the electoral officers and security agents were available.

In Uyo urban ward 1, 2, 3 and 4, no voter was seen around the polling units even though electoral officers were on ground and ready for the elections by 9am.

But the exercise was generally peaceful as no case of ballot snatching, reckless driving and violent was reported from the units visited as at time of filling this report. 

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