Ahead the Saturday, October 31 Local Government election, the Akwa Ibom State Government has announced a restriction on movement from 7am to 6pm the same day.
According to the State Government Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the restriction is to ensure a free, fair, credible and peaceful conduct of elections into the 31 Local Government Councils of the State.
The release reads in part:
“In compliance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended) the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) will conduct elections on 31st October, 2020 as earlier announced… all Inter-state border entry points, leading into Akwa Ibom State, will be closed from 7am to 2pm on Saturday, 31st October, 2020”.
“That human and vehicular movements be restricted from 7am to 2pm on Saturday 31st October, 2020. Eligible voters are therefore enjoined to stay within the premises of their polling units during the period of the elections”.
“That those on essential duties, viz: medical personnel, electoral officials and election observers, accredited pressmen be exempted from the movement restrictions”.
“That, in order to enable active participation of civil servants in the election, work will close at 2pm on Friday 30 October, 2020”.
“That the subsisting state-wide daily curfew of 8pm to 7am is still in force till further notice”.
“That all citizens and residents are advised to continue to be law-abiding in the maintenance of peace in Akwa Ibom State”.
“That all voters, while queuing to exercise their franchise, should comply with the AKSG/NCDC/WHO approved COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols”.
“All Security Agencies have been briefed to strictly enforce this restriction of movement directive”.