To be one of the best Election Management Bodies in the country

MISSION STATEMENT

To organize, undertake and supervise all elections to Local Government Councils within the State; To render such advice as it may consider necessary to the Independent National Electoral Commission on the compilation of the register of voters and to provide guidelines to political parties on electioneering campaigns, subject to the provisions of the relevant law on Local Government administration.

AKISIEC shall be guided by the following values in the performance of its duties:

  1. Autonomy: AKISIEC shall carry out all its functions independently, free from external control and influence.
  2. Transparency: AKISIEC shall display openness and transparency in all its activities and in its relationship with all stakeholders.
  3. Integrity: AKISIEC shall maintain truthfulness and honesty in all its dealings at all times
  4. Credibility: AKISIEC shall ensure that no action or activity is taken in support of any candidate or political party.
  5. Impartiality: AKISIEC shall ensure the creation of a level playing field for all political actors.
  6. Dedication: AKISIEC shall be committed to providing quality electoral services efficiently and effectively, guided by best international practice and standards
  7. Equity: AKISIEC shall ensure fairness and justice in dealing with all stakeholders.
  8. Excellence: AKISIEC shall be committed to the promotion of merit and professionalism as the basis for all its actions.
  9. Team work: AKISIEC shall create a conducive environment that promotes teamwork among its staff at all level

The Commission has made remarkable achievements in the performance of its constitutional functions in the following areas:

  1. Staff training and re-trainings: The feat of an organization depends to a large extent on the competence and performance of the employees. Training is an aspect of the commission’s policy that had been seriously executed. The Commission has organized and undertaken series of administrative, managerial, electoral and other related trainings and re-trainings for its board members, management as well as other categories of staff to improve their efficiency and compliance to best practices in the performance of assigned duties.

Before the Local Government Elections of 2008 and 2012 respectively, AKISIEC in partnership with Electoral College and IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems) organized trainings on election planning, administration and management to expand the knowledge base of staff on election matters and to reduce the risks of potential mistakes and mishaps associated with the conduct of elections.

Besides the aforementioned trainings, some key staff of the Commission were exposed to specialized trainings organized by the office of the Head of Civil Service, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Science and Technology and other International bodies like BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) and IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems).

  1. Elections: Being an Electoral body charged with the responsibility of planning, organizing, undertaking and supervising all elections to Local Government Councils within the state, the Commission has successfully entrenched itself in the political and democratic processes of the state. The Commission has conducted three major Local Government Elections and other bye elections for the seats of Chairmen and Councillors within the 31 LGAs of Akwa Ibom State as follows:
  • Local Government General Elections of 27th March, 2004
  • Bye Elections of 3rd April, 2004
  • Local Government General Elections of 7th June 2008
  • Re-run of 14th June 2008 in five (5) Wards of Ikono Local Government Area and three (3) Wards of Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State
  • Bye – Elections of 29th August 2009 in Central I (Eket), Ward VII (Esit Eket), Ward VII (Ibeno), Ibiono North II (Ibiono), Ikono North III (Ini)
  • Bye – Elections of 26th February 2010 in Abak/Midim IV (Oruk Anam)
  • Bye – Elections of 8th April 2010 in Wards V and VI of Udung Uko LGA
  • Bye – Elections of 19th August 2010 in Urban V (Etinan), Urban I (Ika)
  • Local Government General Elections of 9th June, 2012.
  • Bye -Elections of 7th February2014 in Ibiakpan Obotim II (Nsit Ubium), Itreto (Nsit Ubium) and Southern Urban (Ukanafun LGA)
  1. The Commission has gained increased participation and involvement of voters and other stakeholders during elections through continuous familiarization tours and sensitization meetings with paramount Rulers, Security Operatives, Civil Society Organizations and Heads of Councils of all thirty-one (31) Local Government Areas of the State.
  1. Increased participation of women in elections and political processes at the grassroot has been achieved through the issuance of free nomination forms to female candidates by the Commission.
  1. Stakeholders meetings: Before the 2008 and 2012 Local Government Elections, the Commission embarked on the interactive meetings with all categories of people including candidates, political parties, voters, security chieftains, traditional rulers, men and women in politics and media practitioners to sensitize them on its constitutional functions, election procedures/guidelines as well as other electoral matters in the state.

Moreso, regular political meetings were held with registered political parties in the state to acquaint them with vital developments and expectations during Local Government Elections in Akwa Ibom State.

The Commission also provided guidelines to political parties stipulating rules and procedures for Electioneering campaigns subject to the provision of Akwa Ibom State Local Government Law and the Electoral Act.

  1. Strengthened co-operation and collaboration with other Election Management Bodies in Nigeria: For some time now, AKISIEC has made efforts to establish and maintain cordial and close working relationship with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) in Nigeria. This was directed towards identifying areas of common interest and exchanging knowledge and experiences in such specific areas.

As a result of this established and strengthened relationship the commission has been in the fore front in election observation/monitoring both at Local and International levels. So far, the commission has participated in monitoring several elections in Nigeria and two international elections (2008 Ghana presidential elections and 2012 United States presidential election).

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