June 24, 2024

A’Ibom LG elections to hold October 26

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A’Ibom LG elections to hold October 26

Ini Billie, Uyo

Governor Umo Eno has scheduled  elections for the 31 local government areas in Akwa Ibom State for October 26.

Speaking on Tuesday in Uyo during a stakeholders engagement meeting organised by the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC), Eno assured that elected council chairmen will be sworn in on December 7 in line with the electoral plan of the state.

The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Frank Archibong, also presented the election plan to representatives of political parties and other stakeholders.

“This event is a precursor to all of the electoral activities that will ultimately culminate to 2024 local government elections.

“We are all aware that the governor assumed office May 29 last year and because of the shortness of time between May and December he was not able to conduct the local government elections which is why we have caretaker committees manning the local governments.

“I know how he has pressurized AKISIEC to have the local government elections. Nothing stops us from having the elections this year because Akwa Ibom State and His Excellency do not want to be counted among those running caretaker committees”, he stated.

According to the timetable, political parties are expected to conduct their primaries between July 22nd and August 26th 2024, while campaigns, alongside other activities will commence on August 26.

Speaking earlier, Chairman of AKISIEC, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak assured political parties of adequate security and a free and fair elections.

“Given the critical importance of human and material security during elections, the Commission will take very practical measures to ensure there is adequate security before, during and after this year’s elections”, he said.

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