Igini Seeks Credible NUJ Pioneer Poll
By Uduak Akai
November 06, 2020
The resident electoral commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Akwa Ibom State has advised members of the electoral committee for the conduct of December 14, 2020, election of The Pioneer Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), to justify the confidence reposed on them by members by conducting of free, fair and credible election.
Mr Mike Igini who gave the advice Wednesday when members of the committee comprising Comrade Emmanuel Ebong, secretary; Comrade Uduak Akai and Comrade Charles Etimette, group features editor/ deputy editor, Weekend Pioneer, Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation (AKNC), paid him a courtesy call in his office said that their appointment to perform the duty as the electoral umpire was a justification of the confidence reposed on them therefore such confidence should not be betrayed.
Igini charged the committee to be fair to all candidates and members that will parttake in the exercise, adding that as an umpire, they should conduct themselves in a manner that would not be questionable and devoid of malpractice as election was build around trust. The INEC boss disclosed that the perception of how they conduct themselves was very important, maintaining that integrity should be their watchword even as they remain absolutely neutral in all their doing to command respect and confidence of all. He as well urged them to work in tandem with the election's guidelines making clear and public to all candidates and members every activity and information regarding the election.
The INEC resident commissioner noted that to guard against malpractise, a total number of eligible voters must be made public before voting, ensuring at the end of voting, the number of votes cast tally with the total number gotten before voting or less cannot as some member may decide not to vote but cannot be more. Igini who identified two metrix for measuring election which are process and outcome, commended members of the committee for deeming it necessary to seek the input of the commission as a body saddled with the responsibility of conducting free, fair and credible election, describing the visit as a well thoughtout decision. Earlier, the secretary of the committee, Comrade Emmanuel Ebong, intimated the commissioner that the visit was to engage the commission with a view to tapping from their wealth of experience to ensure that the forthcoming Pioneer Chapel NUJ election, was successful. Ebong explained that Pioneer Chapel is the flagship of journalism practice in Akwa Ibom State, a leading print media and mouthpiece of the state government. The committee secretary emphasized that every piece of advise from the commissioner will be a plus to the success of the chapel election slated for December 14, 2020, pledging that the committee was set to conduct the freeiest and most credible election in the history of the chapel. He appealed that ballot boxes and polling booths among the assistance be given to the chapel to group the smooth conduct of the exercise and during voting. The aid features editor, AKNC, Mr Charles Etimette, thanked the resident commissioner, management and staff of the commission for all round successes they have recorded in the state and the audience granted members of the committee despite his tight schedule.