INEC affirms readiness for transparency in 2 by-elections in Cross River

The Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Cross River, Dr Emmanuel Hart, says the commission ready to conduct free, fair and process  during the Oct. 31, Senatorial and State Assembly -elections in the state.
He said this in Monday in Calabar at a meeting with the media and the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee for Election (ICCES) as part of readiness  for the forthcoming elections.
The -elections are in Cross River North Senatorial district to replace the late Sen. Rose Oko and in Obudu state constituency which had the late Assemblyman Godwin Akwaji as its legislator.
“We have 459,487 registered voters; 51 registeration areas; and 565 polling units,” Hart said.
According to him, the commission has  taken delivery of non-sensitive materials and distributed them to the local government areas.
“We are waiting for the sensitive materials which are expected in the week of the election,” he said.
He also said 15 political parties would participate in the elections: nine for the senatorial election and six for the election.
The commissioner said accreditation and voting would be done  simultanuously during the elections, adding results would be transmitted electronically at ward levels.
He said the commission had embarked on awareness and sensitisation of the electorate in the zone to come out en masse to vote candidates of their choice.
He advised the voters to conduct themselves peacefully during the elections, saying that the commission would not condone any act or actions that breach the orderly and smooth conduct of  the elections.
On part, the Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Mr Abdulkadir Jimoh, said  command was ready to ensure peace and before, during and after the elections.
Major political parties taking part in the elections include the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and African Democratic Congress (ADC).(NAN)