Bye-election: Council chair allegedly arrested in Akwa-Ibom

A council chairman (name withheld) has been allegedly arrested for snatching electoral elections in the ongoing rerun in Ikono/Ini federal constituency.

The exercise kicked-off amid tight security and late arrival of electoral materials at polling units.

The contest in the federal constituency is between the Young Progressives Party candidate, Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo and Dr. Glory Edet of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP).

But Akwa Ibom police spokesman SP Odiko MacDon said that he was not aware of the arrest.

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Our correspondent, who monitored the exercise at some polling units, observed that accreditation of voters started very late.

However, the units recorded large turnout of voters waiting patiently for materials.

In unit 2 (Holy child primary school) Ikono, accreditation started 9:30 am while in unit 14, ward 11 also in Ikono, accreditation is yet to start as at the time of filing this report.

Speaking with newsmen, the presiding officer for unit 2,Mrs Mildness David attributed the late accreditation to lack of vehicles to convey electoral materials.

She said: ” There was no vehicles to convey the the election materials to this place and that was our challenge”

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