Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC) Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Camrade Akamba Awah has attributed poor voters apathy in the last election to over hyped propaganda of threats to life and an envisaged violent elections by a certain unpopular political party gladiators in the State.
The TUC Chairman, who doubles as the Political Leader Mbiaso 11, posited immediately casting his vote at Mbiaso Ward 11, Unit 006, Secondary School, Mbiokporo 11, Nsit Ibom LGA.
He extolled the efficacy of of INEC officials on duty at the unit, the peaceful atmosphere and decorum maintained by electorates at the poll.
“In terms of voters turned-out today, it is very very low, although there’s an improvement from last elections. Even then, this is a unit of over 800 registered voters and from what we have here, this is 30% representative of the total voting strength.
“INEC staff have been up and doing at their jobs. Luckily, we have the same set we had in last Presidential and National Assemblies elections and I can attest to their efficacy.
“For the voters, the atmosphere is very peaceful. It depends on who is leading. I am a labour leader and I am the Political Leader of this Ward. It would have been discrediting for discipline not to be maintained. Voters have maintained disciplined and decorum and I think there’s a lot of improvements from the last elections, there is no violence as you can see and at the end of the day their votes will count.
“Politics is local and this is the local scenario. If at the end of the day, votes do not count, it therefore means we have failed and our democracy has failed and It will amount to us paying lip service to democracy without living by its rules and tenets.
“We at the Labour movement want circular political players to learn from us. When we do our own elections, we don’t annul, we don’t fight, it ought to be the same thing here. We are from the same village, so why the fighting.” He elucidated.
Comrade Awah reasoned that everybody has fundamental right of associating and pitching tent with any political party of choice and that should be respected and accepted by all.
“Everybody has the right to belong to any political party but allow that person to atleast vote his conscience. Nobody should be coerced and that is what is happening here” He admonished.
Further speaking on having a free, fair and transparent elections in the Unit, he assured that; “the only People we are helping here are the vulnerables; the blind and the aged persons who are frail. These are the class of people we are giving priority and needed assistance accorded accordingly.
“As you can see, there’s a line you cannot pass, this alone has instill orderliness and calmness in the unit.” Said the leader.