The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross River, Dr Frankland Biriyai, has appealed to traditional rulers to assist in ensuring that the state had free, fair and credible elections.

Biriyai made the appeal on Wednesday in Calabar when he visited the Obong of Calabar, Ndidem Abasi Otu in his palace.

He described Cross River as the most peaceful in Nigeria and attributed it to effective control of the youths by the Obong and other traditional rulers in the state.

“We are here to seek your blessing and your support so that collectively, we can achieve free, fair and credible elections in Cross River in 2019 and beyond, ‘’ he said.

Biriyai assured that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state would do everything possible to conduct credible polls always.

He promised to leave his doors opened for complaints and criticisms as well as advice by elders and leaders in the state to enable the commission succeed in its mission.

The REC urged the monarch to prevail on his subjects to go to INEC’s office to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

He also advised those who had attained 18 years to go to INEC office in local government areas close to them to register and collect their PVCs.

He described PVC as very important document for every voter, adding that even banks had started requesting for PVCs before opening accounts for customers.

Responding, the Obong blamed politicians for most electoral frauds in the country.

“Politicians use our youths to rig elections. They use them to carry ballot boxes and commit all forms of thuggery. I hope your office will not connive with them.

“We are ready to assist you whenever you need assistance, but what we require from you is to be truthful all the time.

“There is nothing as good as telling the truth. Do not allow yourself to be used, especially as a retired military officer, you must be disciplined, ‘’ he said.


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