LG election: AKISIEC ready for Dec. 2 – Chairman

. Aniedi Ikoiwak, Chairman, AKISIEC 

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William EFFIONG

Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) says it is set for the December 2 local government election and will use the 2015 Voters Register produced by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) for the exercise.

Chairman of AKISIEC, Aniedi Ikoiwak, said this during a press conference at the NUJ Press Centre in Uyo on Wednesday.

Ikoiwak said the elections would take place simultaneously in the 31 council areas and 329 political wards, for the chairmanship and councillorship positions, even as election observers, including members of the civil society groups, have been given accreditation to participate in the exercise.

Ikoiwak, who noted that the commission would not use card readers in the election, assured that it was fully prepared for the exercise.

He also assured that AKISIEC had concluded all arrangements, including training of permanent and ad-hoc staff for the election.

According to him, the commission has been interacting with stakeholders in the election with a view to ensuring a hitch-free and successful exercise.

Ikoiwak also assured that all materials for the election are ready and secured, adding that the commission would ensure they were deployed in due time on the election day.

Patrick Albert, Chairman NUJ, Akwa Ibom State
. Journalists during the conference

He said, “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”.

“We are using the 2015 Voters Register produced by INEC. This means that anyone who just 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 polling units.

“People who have lost their PVCs and their names are in register will be allowed to vote. Accreditation and voting shall be done simultaneously. Sorting, counting, collating and announcement of votes cast will follow”

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