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The Akwa Ibom State Government has ordered the closure of all interstate borders in and out of the state are ahead of Saturday’s local government elections.

This was revealed in a press statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem.

The statement said Gov Udom Emmanuel considered the move necessary in order to ensure a free, fair, credible and peaceful conduct of elections into the 31 local government councils of the State

“Eligible voters are therefore enjoined to stay within the premises of their polling units during the period of the elections. That those on essential duties, viz: medical personnel, electoral officials and election observers, accredited pressmen be exempted from the movement restrictions.” The statement said

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It also directed that work should close by 2 pm.on Friday, October 30, in order to enable active participation of civil servants in the election, even as the subsisting state-wide daily curfew of 8pm to 7am would still be in force till further notice.

“All citizens and residents are advised to continue to be law-abiding in the maintenance of peace in Akwa Ibom State.

“That all voters, while queuing to exercise their franchise, should comply with the AKSG/NCDC/WHO approved COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols.

“All Security Agencies have been briefed to strictly enforce this restriction of movement directive.” The statement added.


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