AKISIEC Orders Fresh Election in Esit-Eket Ward

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Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission, AKISIEC is to conduct a fresh election into the Councillorship seat in Ward 11, Esit-Eket local government area on Saturday 7th November, 2020.

This follows the cancellation of the exercise by the electoral body following reports of irregularities from the process of collation to the actual conduct of the election.

Similarly, certificates of return are to be issued this Tuesday, to all candidates elected across the wards and local government areas in the state.

Featuring on a live radio interview, Monday on Comfort FM, Chairman of the commission, Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak said the certificate of returns will be given at the Civil Service Auditorium, Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat, Uyo from 10am.

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He explained that by taking over the duty of  the Supervisory Presiding Officer the councillorship candidate of NRM in Esit Eket ended up conducting the election for himself during the just concluded Saturday election.

“Let me say it clearly that elections are done by authorized personnel. People are appointed as Presiding Officers,Assistant Presiding Officers, people are also appointed as SPO’s, returning officers.

“All these persons are expected to do their work at their own time and their own pace. The report we got from that ward was that the materials actually got to some units of the ward, but they were not actually with the SPOs.

“The Issue is two wrongs cannot make a right. As long as that Materials did not wear started tracking and we found out that people went away with the material, and some of the materials went to the ward.

“As long as that material was not with the authorized personnel, then something was wrong somewhere.

“When we received the report we deliberated on it and decided that election in Ward 11 stands cancelled and we have fixed Saturday 7 November for a fresh election.”

The AKISIEC boss noted that the commission would not be a party to any electoral process that is not in line with the stipulated electoral law.

He assured that there will be full presence of security and observers, adding that anyone who wins on ground, would be declared winner.

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