By Thankgod Inyang
The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA Calabar branch recently elected new executive members to pilot the affairs of the branch for the next two years.
CrossRiverWatch reporter who was at the event reports that the event which took place at Marian Hotel Calabar alongside the annual general meeting was attended by majority of its members.
The event started with the accreditation of voters by the electoral board committee for the election, CrossRiverWatch learnt that a total of 85 members were duly accredited to cast their votes.
Out of the seven positions, five positions were contested unopposed which includes Vice Chairman, Assistant Secretary, Welfare Officer, Treasurer, and Publicity Secretary.
For the office of the state chairman contested by three candidates Barrister Williams Anwan Ekpo emerged winner after defeating his opponents with a landslide victory polling a total of 43 votes as against Barrister Emmanuel Idaka and Barrister Ndoma Egodo who scored 22 and 16 votes respectively.
For the position of the Secretary, Barrister Paul Ebiaga pulled a total of 26 votes to emerge the winner defeating Barrister Sam Eboh, Barrister Nsika Ikpeme and Barrister Eyong Etim who scored 21, 18 and 16 votes respectively.
In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman Barrister Williams Anwan Ekpo re-assured members of his commitment to provide a bar center for the branch. Pledging that his administration will be gender sensitive
He stated that some of his planned legacies will include building a chapel in the Calabar prisons, liaising and establishing a board of legal experts that will intervene in the cases of prison inmates, especially those whose cases have been abandoned etcetera.
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