Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has urged the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Briyai Frankland, to ensure free and fair election in 2019
He said that if he was to enunciate his program for the state, he would have no worry for 2019 adding that all he seeks is free and fair election
Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has urged the new Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Briyai Frankland, to ensure free and fair election in 2019.
Ayade, who made the request when Dr. Frankland, visited him in Calabar yesterday, said the state was not afraid of the 2019 general election but only asked for a free and fair election to reduce political tension.
According to him, free, fair and transparent election will reduce the tension in the country as well as restore public confidence in INEC and other national institutions.
He said that if he was to enunciate his program for the state, he would have no worry for 2019 adding that all he seeks is free and fair election. If we follow the Electoral Law (as amended), it is clear that election would be won at the polling booth,” he said.
He said that he had to ensure that all political parties in the state were given an opportunity to appoint members into his executive council to douse political tension.
“I charge the new REC to be ethical in his approach to conducting elections. If you have ethics in your attitude, in your carriage, in your conduct and the way you run your governance, you will expect that ethics permeate in elections process.”
“All we seek is a free and credible elections where there is no Abuja might will come to hijack materials, dictate who gets what. If we follow the electoral processes, particularly, the Electoral Law as amended it is clear, it is evident that elections will be won directly at the polling booth not at the collation centres as we have seen in the past,” Ayade said
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