Committee Rolls Out Plan For NUJ Elections In A’Ibom
Ahead of the Akwa Ibom State triennial conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, the credentials committee responsible for organizing the exercise has reeled out a schedule for the elections.
The committee has also established guidelines to regulate the process of electioneering and actual elections to ensure seamless progress for the exercise.
The programme commences today with the publication of a timetable for the elections, while aspirants will have between June 22 and July 6, 2022 to purchase nomination forms to pursue various offices of their interest and return same not later than July 11, 2022. Venue for the sales and return of forms would be the union’s secretariat between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm each day.
According to the schedule, the screening committee will meet with all aspirants same day, when the return of forms will end at the union’s secretariat by 4 pm, while screening of the aspirants will last for two days between July, 11 – 12 at the same venue from 10 am – 4 pm daily. Names of successful candidates, following the screening exercise, will be published on July 18 just as the list of eligible voters at the election is billed for publication on July 20. The schedule also provides a two-day window for stakeholders to raise concerns, claims and objections regarding the exercise between July 21-22.
Open campaigns and nomination of polling agents willhowever precede the opportunity granted for complaints on July 19, while all campaigns will be expected to end by midnight of August 1.
Presentation of manifestoes by candidates is slated for August 1 at 3 pm, while the exercise will climax with the actual elections on August 2, 2022 at the union’s secretariat from 9 am.
The committee had earlier presented its schedule to the State Executive Committee for ratification over the weekend, pledging to live above board in the planning and conduct of a free, fair and credible election that will exalt the State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
It would be recalled that a five-member credentials committee was recently inaugurated by the state chairman of the union, Comrade Amos Etuk, during congress on June 3, 2022 to plan and conduct elections for the union on August 2, 2022. The committee had Comrade Akan Esinwang of The Pioneer Chapel as chairman, while Comrade Manasseh Umoette of the Federated Chapel would serve as Secretary. Other members of the committee are Comrades Ima Dem – Inspiration Chapel, Iniobong Etuk – Consolidated Chapel and Sunday Bassey – Correspondents Chapel.