Akwa Ibom To Hold Local Government Elections October 24th

Gov Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom

 

Akwa Ibom State governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has announced that the State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) would hold local government elections across the state on October 26th, 2024.

 

The election would hold in the 31 local government council areas of the state.

 

The governor disclosed on Tuesday in Uyo during a stakeholders engagement meeting organized by the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC).

 

Governor Eno, who was represented by the state commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Frank Archibong, said he was not interested in keeping caretaker committee beyond this year.

 

While presenting the election plan to representatives of political parties and other stakeholders, the governor assured that AKISIEC would provide a level playing field for all political parties in the state.

 

“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.

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“I know how he has pressurized the 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 said.

 

The governor assured that elected council chairman will be sworn in on December 7 in compliance with the electoral plan of the state.

 

According to the timetable, political parties are expected to conduct their primaries between July 22nd and August 26th 2024 while commencement of campaigns is on August 26 among other activities.

 

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

 

Ikoiwak said, “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”.

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