File photo: Barr. Mike Igini, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Akwa Ibom state.

By Abasifreke Effiong

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says it is set to conduct the rerun in Essien Udim local government area for the three elections as ordered by the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River state ordered the rerun following an appeal on election petition on Akwa Ibom North West senatorial election, the Ikot Ekpene federal constituency and Essien Udim state constituency elections brought before it by candidates of the All Progressives Congress.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Akwa Ibom state, Barr. Mike Igini while addressing journalists in Uyo, on Monday, said the rerun will hold on the 25th January.

He said elections will take place in all the polling units for the Senate and House of Representatives election, and in 137 polling units for the House of Assembly election.

“We will have election in all the 159 polling units for the senate. We will also have election in the 159 polling units for the House of Representatives election.”

“For the House of Assembly, we will have election in 137 polling units. In line with what we have done with the two layers of court on the election, there will be no ballots in 22 units for the House of Assembly because in the 22 polling units the Form EC8A of the those units are available.”

Igini said the commission has provided documents to stakeholders to guide them on the polling units where the rerun will take place in the House of Assembly rerun.

Essien Udim local government area where the rerun will be held has 105,555 registered voters but 95,987 only have collected their Permanent Voters Cards.