The Akwa Ibom Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) has directed the electoral officers in the local government areas to work with security agents during the forthcoming council election in the state.
The Chairman of AKISIEC, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, gave the directive on Thursday when he inspected facilities in the commission’s offices in Eket, Esit Eket, Ibeno and Onna Local Government Areas.
Ikiowak said that the commission needed collaboration with security agents to ensure hitch-free local government poll scheduled to hold on Dec. 2.
He told them to also work with officers of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in the areas to ensure effective mobilisation of the electorate.
“It is necessary that you maintain contact with the officers in charge of National Orientation Agency (NOA) and security agents in your local government areas.
“You should draw up your programme of enlightenment on the forthcoming local government election slated for Dec.2,” Ikoiwak advised.
He urged the electoral officers to enlighten the council officials and other stakeholders on their expectations during the exercise, urging them to also take the campaign to churches and traditional rulers’ palaces.
The chairman explained that such enlightenment campaign would help stimulate the people’s interest in the exercise.
Ikoiwak advised the electoral officers to compile the names of applicants for election duties in their respective local government areas and send to the commission’s headquarters for selection.
He warned against any act of discrimination in the engagement of the ad hoc staff for the poll.
The AKISIEC boss also directed them to look for suitable venues in their respective council areas for the training of the ad hoc staff that would selected for the election duties.
The Electoral Officer in charge of Onna, Mr Anietie Luke, appealed for the release of subventions for running of the offices in the local government areas.
Luke, however, said that the office in Onna was ready for the election for the chairmanship and 12 councillorship positions in the local government area.
He said that Onna local government area had 131 polling units spread across the 12 wards.
Newsmen report that the AKISIEC chairman had earlier inspected the commission’s offices in Nsit Atai, Ibesikpo/Asutan, Uruan and Uyo Local Government Areas.
The commission has said that it will deploy 10,000 ad hoc staff for the chairmanship and councillorship election in the 329 wards across the 31 local government areas in the state.