Yesterday, in a stakeholders’ meeting in Uyo, Mike Igini, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, revealed that the Independent National Electoral Commission had relocated 22 polling units from private homes of politicians in the state.
Speaking at the meeting Igini blamed politicians for electoral violence in the state.
He urged them to play by the rules in Saturday’s elections.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bashir Makama, was also present in the meeting.
He said: “Politics in characterised by hooliganism”, warning that his command would not condone electoral malpractice.
He frawn against vote-buying, vote-selling, vowing that anyone caught indulging in such acts would be arrested.
“Any strategy you are adopting to win election, ensure that you adopt a transparent strategy; canvassing for, buying or selling of votes is against electoral acts. Anybody seen doing this will be arrested.
He said: “Don’t even come out with insignia, banners or anything that constitute a violation of the electoral act, you are advised because when you are caught, I will arrest you. Anything that negates the Electoral Act will not be condoned,”