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C’River to conduct council elections June 17

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The Cross River Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) said it would conduct council elections in the state on June 17.

Chairman of the commission, Dr Mike Ushie, stated this on Thursday in Calabar while addressing representatives of political parties and other stakeholders.

He advised registered political parties in the state to visit the commission’s office to obtain the required forms.

He said: “political parties and their candidates should visit CROSIEC Headquarters for first-hand information about the various forms and fees as contained in our guidelines and published on the commission’s website and notice board.

“This is to avoid misrepresentation and misinterpretation of the commission on the issue of election.’’

Ushie added that any information submitted by candidates or their political parties would be verified and tendered in any court or tribunal.

He said that conducting credible election was the commission’s desire, and called for support from all stakeholders.

The tenure of the last elected council administrators in the state ended in December, 2016 and the state government directed the Heads of Administration in the councils to take over.

To ensure that council elections were conducted, opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state went to the court and obtained an injunction restraining the government from appointing caretaker committees for the councils.


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