Posted by Raymond Alphonsus, Uyo | 12 April 2015 | 3,023 times
The conduct of the governorship and house of assembly elections in Akwa Ibom state has been described as generally peaceful and commendable.
Speaking after casting his vote, Mr Udom Emmanuel, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expressed delight with the large turnout of voters, describing it as unprecedented.
Emmanuel, who voted at his hometown in Awa, Onna Local Government Area of the state, said though pockets of skirmishes had been reported in few areas, the security agencies were able to rise to the occasion, resulting in the success of the exercise in the state.
“Generally the election is peaceful, Akwa Ibom people have conducted themselves well, we are happy with what we are seeing and we believe that it is a sign of maturity,” he said.
He also said that with the excitement seen on the faces of the voters, he was greatly encouraged about the prospects of democracy in the country.
Emmanuel commended the INEC for ensuring a peaceful conduct of the elections
The election was conducted without much tension which had characterised the presidential and national assembly elections held on March 28 as vehicular traffic was light thought movement had been restricted.
There were also not much security presence on the streets while vehicles were not checked as in previous election nor voters molested by security agents.
The polls also recorded a remarkable improvement in the arrival of election officials and materials.
In many of the polling units visited, it was observed that officials of the INEC had arrived before 8am and had to wait for the voters to arrive for the commencing of accreditation.
In Etinan Urban, accreditation began early following the timely arrival of materials and INEC officials to the extent that after the voters had been accredited, many of them returned to houses to return later for the voting proper.
Speaking with newsmen, chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Akwa Ibom State Unyime Usoro, said the early arrival of materials at the unit helped to ensure an orderly and peaceful exercise, adding that it also ensured that the queues were not too long.
“This election has witnessed a remarkable improvement as the INEC officials arrived in time and this made it easy for the accreditation to commence in time and it is also easy to control the crowd,” he said.
In many of the units, voters were seen waiting for the counting and announcement of results.
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