Political chieftains in Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have lauded the credible and peaceful conduct of Saturday elections in the State by INEC.
The stakeholders also commended voters who turned out in their numbers to exercise their franchise.
At Ward 9, Unit 007, Eastern Nsit, Ibakang, Nsit Atai LGA, Member representing the State Constituency at the parliament, Rt. Hon. Mark Esset was seen interacting with voters in his Ward after exercising their franchise and waiting for the collation and announcement of the Unit’s results.
While raising issues faced by some wards in the area, the lawmaker commended INEC for swift response to issues raised during the elections’ process and remained optimistic the body will improve in March 9 elections.
The Legislator who is also PDP candidate seeking re-election into the State Parliament said: “Without sounding immodest, I know PDP has been doing their work well and our work will speak for us when the results are announced”.
” I want to thank all voters in Unit 007 as they have expressed high sense of maturity. It has been a brotherly competition. It has been wonderful.”
Also, at Ward 5, Unit 001 and 002, Ikot Itie Udung, the Political Leader of Nsit Atai who is also the Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Raphael Bassey expressed displeasure over late commencement of voting in the Ward due to technical problems of using the Card Reader for accreditation. He said the issue was later resolved as signal was sent to INEC which sent its expert to rectify the problem.
In terms of logistics, the Political Leader commended INEC for putting up adequate logistics on ground for credible elections but charged the body to improve as there is room for improvement before the March 9 elections.
On his part, Prince Aniefiok Attah, the SA to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Projects, at Eastern Nsit Ward 8, Unit 006 amidst dissatisfaction noted that despite the challenge of none functionality of Card Reader which INEC made available to the unit, they resorted to manual voting and elections was conducted under a peaceful atmosphere.
Buttressing why elections were still ongoing at the unit late into the evening, Prince Attah said there was no way voting process would have been concluded on time as election materials arrived late about 1:0’clock in the afternoon.
“If the manual process was not utilized, we would not have meet up as more than 90% of the 1027 voters in this Unit came out in good numbers to cast their votes,” Prince Attah said.
Other political parties agents acknowledged the claims by Prince Attah and said the unit was very peaceful as they collectively work in unity irrespective of party divides.