The Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC), Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak has stated that the State Independent Electoral Law gives the Commission the powers to create new Wards every ten years, even as Akwa Ibom LG Elections draw closer.
The Akwa lbom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) created and re-aligned 39 new wards for the exercise making it a total of 368 electoral wards in the state in a press release signed by the Chairman on Sunday.
Before now, the State had 329 electoral wards spread across the 31 local government areas of the state.
The Chairman of AKISIEC, Elder Aniedi-Abasi Ikoiwak, said the creation of new wards was done in pursuant to Part ,11, Section 2, 3 and Section 12 of Akwa Ibom Independent Electoral Commission Law 2007 to help decongest most of the collation centres in this period of COVID 19 pandemic.
Ikoiwak disclosed that the law empowers the commission to create new wards every 10 years.
“Consequently, the commission wishes to notify the general public that these wards are authentic electoral wards in Akwa Ibom State and same will be used for the forthcoming Akwa Ibom LG elections”.
Akwa Ibom LG Elections Will Still Take Place At The Existing 2918 polling Units
He, however, stated that despite the creation of the new wards, elections would still take place at the existing 2918 polling units in the state.
The AKISIEC Chairman expressed commendation to Governor Udom Emmanuel for facilitating the creation of the wards, an exercise that was delayed for over 24 years.
Ikoiwak said a new date for the submission of Forms 001 and 002 by the political parties has been fixed for Thursday, August 27, 2020 to Sunday, August 30, 2020.
” It would be recalled that the process of wards creation/ re- alignment was initiated by the previous commissions, with public hearing aid stakeholders meetings”While re-affirming the commission’s readiness to conduct a credible council poll he further pledged to discharge his enormous responsibilities in line with the law.