Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to maintain a neutral stand while discharging its core functions.
The governor said this when the state’s new Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Isah Ehimeakhe, paid him a courtesy call at the Government House in Uyo on Wednesday.
He narrated that there would be no need for violence if the election umpire remains neutral in its conduct, according to Daily Post.
“We also trust that you will continue to maintain a very neutral stand in your conduct as always.
“For us as a people, we believe that if there is neutrality, there will be no need for violence, we should conduct elections to let the will of the people prevail.
“And those of us who are also elected by the people should be accountable to the people that have elected us into office,” Eno said.
While congratulating the REC on his appointment, he solicited for greater commitment of the commission to neutrality to maintain its credibility.
He also tasked INEC to be innovative in initiating policies and regulations that will continuously improve electoral processes in the country.
He acknowledged the commission’s record of credible elections over time, describing the recent Supreme Court judgment on the March 18 gubernatorial election in the state as a collective victory and affirmation of INEC’s integrity.