By Ololo Kelvin
Ahead of tomorrow’s Presidential and National Assemblies elections, the Residential Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross River State Dr. Frankland Briyai has declared that INEC in the State is fully prepared to conduct free, fair, all inclusive, peaceful and credible election.
Frankland said this in the Commission headquarters Calabar today while briefing members of the Press.
He said: “We are very much prepared in Cross River State, now we have moved down sensitive materials and none sensitive materials to our various Local Government Areas. We had the deadline for the reconfiguration of smart card readers which was on Wednesday, but we configured all our smart card readers on Monday which is two days to deadline.
“As at today, we want to move all our adhoc staff to their various LGA’s, out there are all the buses that will convey them to their various Local Government Areas”. He stated.
Speaking on the security of adhoc staff, the Commissioner asserted that Security Agencies had already being deployed to various registration areas to take care of the adhoc staff and election materials.
The REC also debunk the allegations of him and his colleagues in other States of being influenced by State Government, saying that their mandate demands neutrality and they have taken an oath to that effect.
On the new list of selected adhoc staff that are already on the move to their 18 LGA, he said “the names were selected on ground of legitimacy”.
He further called on Cross Riverians who have their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to come out tomorrow and exercise their civil right peacefully without fear of intimidation saying “no INEC staff both adhoc or Security agencies will disfranchise any person. We have enough security on ground, operations had being strategists that nobody is molested during and after the elections day so every body should go and vote everybody vote will count”.
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