Akwa Ibom Local Government Election:Mr. Udom Emmanuel, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, directed that on Saturday, October 31, 2020, there should be no inter-state movement.
According to him directed that all of the state Movements be shut down from 7 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 31, 2020, because of Akwa Ibom State Local Government Election for 31 Local government councils of the state.
Nevertheless, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary of State Government (SSG), who declared this in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo on Wednesday night, noted that the surviving state-wide daily curfew of 8 pm to 7 am was still in place until further notice.
His words, “In compliance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended) the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) will conduct elections on 31st October 2020 as earlier announced.
“In order to ensure a free, fair, credible and peaceful conduct of elections into the 31 Local Government Councils of Akwa Ibom State, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency Mr Udom Emmanuel, has directed as follows:
That all Inter-state border leading into Akwa Ibom State, be closed from 7 am to 2 pm on Saturday, 31st October 2020. “All human and vehicular movements be restricted from 7 am to 2 pm on Saturday 31st October 2020.
The subsisting state-wide daily curfew of 8 pm to 7 am is still in force till further notice” The SSG, however, noted that those on essential duties, namely medical personnel, electoral officials, election observers, and accredited journalists are exempted from the movement restrictions.
“Eligible voters are therefore enjoined to stay within the premises of their polling units during the period of the elections.
All citizens and residents are advised to continue to be law-abiding in the maintenance of peace in Akwa Ibom State.
“All voters, while queuing to exercise their franchise, should comply with the Akwa Ibom State Government/Nigeria Centre for Disease Control/World Health Organisation approved COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.
“All Security Agencies have been briefed to strictly enforce this restriction of movement directive”, Ekuwem stated.