There were allegations that electoral officers in Akwa Ibom joined hands with politicians to carry out several irregularities during the Presidential election.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom, Austin Okojie, has warned Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPO) for Saturday, April 11, elections in the state not to give the polls materials to politicians.
Speaking with the SPOs at an interactive session in Uyo on Wednesday, April 8, Okojie said there were allegations that result sheets were taken to houses of politicians by electoral officers in the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“I don’t want the image of our commission to be dented or to create an impression that we are biased.
“We are supposed to be an unbiased umpire and when you receive these materials from the local government headquarters, take them direct to the polling units.
“We are going to have many election monitoring observers to monitor your activities.
“I appeal to you to do the right thing in the interest of justice and fair play.
“Having been trained by the commission, you should work according to the guidelines and rules for the conduct of an election,” he told the SPOs.
While assuring them that their due allowances will be paid promptly.Okojie reiterated that electoral officers caught doing anything contrary to the guidelines and rules of the Commission will be handed over to security agents for prosecution,