By Itoro BASSEY
Akwa Ibom State Police Command has announced restriction of persons and vehicular movement on Saturday December 2, in view of the local government elections scheduled to hold in the state.
Also, fifteen thousand policemen are to be deployed to all the polling units, collation centers and flash points in the state
The command’s action is to allow for a smooth conduct of the polls and unhindered participation across the 31 local government areas and 329 political wards across the state where elections are to hold.
Mr Bala Elkana, the command’s spokesman, in a press release on Thursday said that the restriction of movement would be enforced between 12 mid-night on Friday December 1, and 6pm on Saturday December 2, 2017.
He said that only “personnel on essential duties who must carry their valid identification cards” are those to be excluded from the restriction.
Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, urged voters to conduct themselves in orderly and peaceful manner as they cast their votes in their respective wards for chairmen and councilors who are those to drive development at the third tier of government upon their assumption of office.
“The command is well prepared to deal decisively with anyone bend on causing the breach of peace before, during and after the election.
“Violators of this restriction of movement order will be dealt with in accordance with the Law”, Elkana said.
Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC), Aniedi Ikoiwak, yesterday, announced the commission’s readiness for the election.
“We have taken possession of all sensitive and non-sensitive materials. Non-sensitive ones had already been deployed to AKISIEC area offices in the 31 LGAs, while the sensitive ones shall be deployed 24 hours to the election”
“Voting begins by 8am and closes by 2pm. That means every voter is expected to be at his/her voting unit with his/her permanent voter’s cards (PVCs) on or before 2pm, after which that person would have disqualified his/herself by appearing late”, Ikoiwak said.