By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo—Akwa Ibom Human Rights Community, AKHRC, has stressed the need to encourage and applaud the state Resident Electoral Commissioner Mr. Mike Igini for conducting what it described as credible elections in the 2019 general elections.
The group, in a statement by its Coordinator and Secretary, Mr. Clifford Thomas and Mr. Enobong Ekot respectively, noted that for the first time the residents were satisfied with the outcome of the polls.
According to the group, those who have proven themselves to make the electoral process work must be encouraged.
The group expressed no doubt that the tremendous improvement in the conduct of the 2019 general elections would encourage voter participation in the next general elections in the country as people now believe that their votes could actually count.
The statement reads: “For the first time in the state, people came out to vote, and their votes actually counted. And they even followed the results from the unit, ward and to the local government collation centres. Before these elections, there was this fear among Akwa Ibom electorate, they never believed that their votes would ever count.
“Mr. Mike Igini must be congratulated for his star performance during the 2019 elections. He must be encouraged to do more. Igini ensured that the past became history in Akwa Ibom, by putting the electorate, not the politician, first in INEC’s agenda.”
The group said having been satisfied with the electoral process in the last elections that Igini deserves to be promoted to head INEC at the national level in order to promote integrity and transparency throughout the country in future elections.