The Electoral Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, Onyemaeze Mba, has complained of poor facilities in the office and appealed for urgent repairs or replacement.
Mba, who was represented by the assistant Electoral Officer, Sebastian Etefia, made this known when the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mike Igini paid an official visit to the office.
He explained that the office had no electricity for over eight years, following disconnection due to unpaid bills.
The electoral officer further said that poor working environment had resulted in truancy as staff members had no desks to enable them to settle down and perform their duties responsibly.
“The office has remained without electricity since 2009 when the Power Holding Company cut the light because of outstanding unpaid bills.
“There are no furniture for staff to use and no borehole for water supply. The office has an uncompleted fence, the doors to the offices are all in a deplorable condition.
“The office building needs a facelift. As INEC office in the state metropolitan town, it should ordinarily serve as an annex to the Commission’s state Headquarters office,” the Electoral Officer said.