Joe Effiong, Uyo
The turnout of voters in the local government election conducted yesterday in Akwa Ibom State was adversely affected by #EndSARS protest in the state.
But despite the obvious apathy, Governor Udom Emmanuel commended the peaceful conduct of the election.
About 10am when Governor Emmanuel arrived his polling unit for accreditation and voting simultaneously at Awa ward 1, Onna Local Government Area, the turnout of voters was very poor.
The governor, who applauded the orderliness and preparedness of the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC), said the processes leading up to the elections were transparent.
He said: “I think this is one of the peaceful elections we have ever had. I drove from Uyo down here trying to monitor the elections. I like the quietness and orderliness of the elections and I am also surprised at the preparedness of AKISIEC, the quality of materials; it is of a very high standard.
“They can keep it up, and even the transparency of the processes is commendable. They have done a good work but it is unfortunate that people will still be complaining even when we score the process 99 percent. I would only encourage them to do more.”