Ukwa East is a Local Government Area located in Abia State, Nigeria. Its headquarters is in the town of Akwete. Akwa Ibom State and Rivers State border Ukwa East. It has an area of 280 km2 and a population of 58,865 at the 2006 census. It has 10 political wards recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This body conducts national elections for Nigeria and 14 political wards recognised by the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission, a body that conducts elections for Abia State. Ukwa East shares the Azumini border with Akwa Ibom State.