By Dennis Udoma
UYO—Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, yesterday, dissolved the board of the State Independent Electoral Commission, AKISIEC.
The dissolution, which took members of the board by surprise, came few months to the conduct of the local government elections slated for November 11, 2017.
The out-gone commission, which was chaired by Mrs. Gloria Ukpong, was set up in 2007 by former Governor Godswill Akpabio and had conducted elections into councils in the state since 2008 and 2011.
Vanguard reliably gathered, the dissolution of the commission followed a petition by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state seeking the removal of Mrs Ukpong.
It will be recalled that APC in the state had instituted a legal action against the state government, which crippled the board of AKISIEC from parading as a genuine body to conduct the forthcoming elections.
Counsel to APC, Chief Victor Iyanam, said the continued stay of Mrs. Ukpong and her board violated the law establishing AKISIEC, which provides for one single term of five years for the chairman and members of the commission.