AKISIEC Conducts First Back-To-Back LG Election
By Eteobong Akpan
November 02, 2020
The local government
election which was held
across the 31 local government areas of the state on
Saturday was devoid of the
usual fervor and tension that
usually characterized elections in
The election was the first
seamless transition from elected
council chairmen to their successors in the political history of the
The main opposition party in
the state, the All Progressives
Congress (APC), did not participate in the council poll, thereby
making the exercise purely a
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
The APC had earlier accused
the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission
(AKISIEC) of aligning with the
ruling PDP, declaring its lack of
confidence in the electoral body
to conduct a credible, free and
The opposition party in the
state had also kicked against the
creation of additional 39 wards,
saying it was unconstitutional
and a ploy by the AKISIEC to rig the council election in favour
of the PDP.
The APC later lost the case
against the creation of additional
wards in the state by AKISIEC
in the court.
As a result, it had boycotted
the poll leaving the turf for the
PDP alone in the contest.
Therefore, Saturday's council
election witnessed massive
voter apathy across most units
and wards in the state but it did
not deter PDP faithful as they
trooped out to vote for their candidates in the councillorship and
chairmanship races which in
most cases were unopposed.
In Eket Local Government for
instance, some units did not receive voting materials on time
even as distributions of materials were very slow when they
Materials arrived Eket Central
3, Afia Nsit at about 10.42am;
only the electoral officers and
security agents were available.
In Uyo Urban wards 1, 2, 3 and
4, no voter was seen around the
polling units even though electoral officers were on ground and
ready for the election by 9am.
But the exercise was generally
peaceful as no case of ballot
snatching, reckless driving and
violence was reported from the
units visited as at the time of filing this report.
However, Governor Udom
Emmanuel has commended the
AKISIEC for working to ensure
a transparent and smooth local
government election in the state.
Pioneer Politics gathered
that the governor also applauded the electorate for conducting themselves peacefully
and orderly during the exercise.
Emmanuel gave the commendation at his polling unit, Awa
Ward 1, after carrying out a simultaneous accreditation and
voting at 10am.
"I think this is one of the
peaceful elections we have ever
had.I drove from Uyo down here
trying to monitor the elections. I
like the quietness and orderliness
of the election and I am also surprised at the preparedness of
AKISIEC, the quality of materials; they are very high standard.
"The transparency of the processes is commendable. They
have done a good work but it is unfortunate that people will still
be complaining even when we
score the process 99 per cent. I
would only encourage them to
Asked whether he still has
confident in the local government system, Emmanuel said "I
have confidence in the system.
If I didn't have confidence, why
should I waste my time coming
here? I have confidence much
more than ever before. This is
the most peaceful elected to
elected elections, grace pass
grace, he said.
The presiding officer of the
ward, Destiny Bob, who also
spoke with journalists said accreditation and election were
done simultaneously, adding
that despite the poor turnout of
voters, the election would end
His words, "election started by
8am but it's now 10am, we are
still waiting for voters. No party
agents are here but I believe they
The exercise was generally
peaceful throughout the state
though AKISIEC is yet to declare the comprehensive results
of the process.