The resident electoral commissioner in Akwa Ibom, Mike Igini, has stated that there will be no room for any electoral fraud in the 2019 general election in the state
Igini who stated this while exchanging views with newsmen at the weekend in Uyo also assured that no external forces will determine or influence the process and outcome of the general elections in the state.
He said that as an umpire entrusted with the responsibility to midwife the election process, would ensure that the votes of the electorate counts
He said, “I want to be clear, no external forces within and outside the state will determine or influence the process and outcome of 2019 general elections in this state except the validly cast votes of the people.”
Igini said that the Commission would ensure that election materials are delivered and audited in the 2,980 polling units across the state for the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.
He added that, “We are committed to ensuring that elections are best opportunity for the people to make a periodic leadership choice in a democracy.”
The esident electoral commissioner who explained that INEC had developed an Election Project Plan that would guide and track all planned activities leading to the conduct of the elections
Adding that the state’s EPP document was aimed at guiding the process, activities and events that would take place before, during and after the elections within the guidelines of the Commission.
He said that many electoral tools had been developed that would “certainly change the complexities of elections from what you are familiar with to something different.
“As we are going to provide a level playing field for all political parties in the state” hence there was need for all political parties to conduct themselves well by ensuring that the code of conduct signed under Article 8, and strict observance of Section 130 of the Electoral Act were fully heeded
“We have developed election monitoring centre which is basically designed to track all activities before and during elections, particularly with respect to delivery of materials.
“Result sheets, ballot papers at the moment are under the platform to be tracked in every state of Nigeria “he stated.
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