*Reschedules dates for parties’ primaries
The Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) has created new 39 electoral wards in Akwa Ibom State.
The AKISIEC boss, Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak disclosed this on Sunday July 26, 2020 in his office in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
According to him, the extant law enabled states electoral bodies to create new wards in every ten years, saying that for over twenty-four years, no new wards in Akwa Ibom State has been created.
The Commission in a statement release and signed by the AKISIEC chairman, Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak, the state electoral body also extended political parties nomination earlier scheduled for August 11 to August 26, 2020.
“Pursuant to Part II, Section 10 Subsection 2,3 and Section 12 of the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC)Law 2007, the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission has created/re-aligned thirty-nine (39) additional Electoral Wards, totally three hundred and sixty-eight (368) Electoral Wards in the state as per the attached. The thirty-nine (39) wards are created in all the three Senatorlal District with thirteen (13) wards per districts.This exercise will help among other things, decongest most of the collation centres in this period of Covid-19.”
The new created wards are authentic, according to the Commission and will be used for the forthcoming local government elections in the state scheduled for Saturday, October 31, 2020.
“In view of the above, a new date for the submission of Form 001 and 002 by political parties has been for Thursday, 27th August 2020 – Sunday, 30th August,2020, while the conduct of party primaries extended from Tuesday, 11th August,2020 to 26th August, 2020, to accommodate the newly created/re-aligned Electoral Wards in the state.”
Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak used the occasion and assured the general public and political stakeholders of the Commission’s independence during the elections, saying that the details of the new created wards would be publish in the state owned newspaper, Pioneer on Monday July 27, 2020.