AKISIEC Boss Tasks Electoral Officers To Sensitise Stakeholders On LG Elections


The chairman of Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC), Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, has directed the electoral officers in the 31 local government areas of the state to sensitise stakeholders the forthcoming council elections.
Ikoiwak gave the directive on Thursday in Onna local government area while inspecting facilities at the area office of AKISIEC at Ndon Eyo.
He urged the electoral officers to embark on enlightenment campaigns to churches, palace of traditional rulers, officials of the local government areas and other stakeholders.
“You should draw up your programme of enlightenment on the forthcoming local council elections slated for Dec.2.
“It is necessary that you maintain contact with the officers in charge of National Orientation Agency (NOA) and security agents in your local government areas,” Ikoiwak advised.
He explained that the engagement of stakeholders by the electoral officers would ginger the people’s interest in the exercise.
Ikoiwak advised the electoral officers to compile the names of all applicants for election duties in their local government areas and send to the headquarters for selection.
He warned against any act of discrimination in the engagement of ad hoc staff for the forthcoming local council elections in the state.
The AKISIEC boss also directed the electoral officers to look for a suitable place for the training of ad hoc staff for the election duties.
Speaking earlier on the challenges of the office, the electoral officer in charge of Onna area office, Mr Anietie Luke, appealed for release of subvention for daily running of the office.
He said that the office was ready for the elections, which will involve the chairmanship and 12 councillorship positions in the local government area.
Luke said that Onna local government area had 131 polling units spread across 12 wards.
The visit to Onna area office marked the commencement of inspection at area offices in Ibeno, Esit Eket and Eket, all of which are in Eket Federal Constituency.
It should be recalled that the AKISIEC board started its maiden inspection of area offices on Tuesday with a visit to Nsit Atai, Ibesikpo/Asutan, Uruan and Uyo local government areas.
AKISIEC boss has already promised to equip the 31 local government area offices of the commission with ICT facilities for processing of election results as well as storage and retrieval of vital information.
It had been reported earlier that the commission intended to deploy 10,000 ad hoc staff in the forthcoming local government elections in Akwa Ibom.
The elections will involve chairmanship and councillorship positions in the 31 local government areas of the state cutting across 3,000 polling units in 329 wards.