The candidates of the nine political parties in the by-elections of February 26, 2022 have signed a peace agreement for a safe, transparent and violence-free exercise.
The signing of the peace agreement by the candidates in the by-election of the federal constituency of Ogoja/Yala
A press statement signed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Cross River State, REC, Dr. Cyril Omorogbe, said the meeting, in which the candidates agreed on a peace deal, was convened at the request of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Dr Omorogbe said INEC was “ready to organize free, fair and credible elections without compromising standards” and appreciated the security agencies for their cooperation and support for a successful process.
The REC called on stakeholders to support the commission in its fight against abusive practices such as “vote buying, ballot box snatching and violence of any kind in the upcoming by-elections.
“The commission will deploy for the first time in Cross River State the latest technological innovations, the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVA, which will be used for accreditation to improve and maintain transparent elections.
“The BVAS was designed to transfer the results directly from the polling stations to the main server,” he added.
Police Commissioner, CRS Aminu Alhassan presents his speechAdequate security
Also speaking, Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aminu Alhassan, warned political parties, candidates and voters against any activity that could truncate the peaceful conduct of the elections.
Alhassan said, “We will not tolerate anything less than a peaceful atmosphere for the by-elections.
We assure you that alongside other security agencies, we will ensure adequate security for people and equipment for the exercise.
Likewise, the Director of SSS, Ms. Promise Iheanacho, advised political parties and candidates to keep in mind that the election was like a game where only one person would come out on top.
Six of the nine candidates participated in the signing of the peace agreement supervised by the INEC.
Meanwhile, for the Akpabuyo State constituency by-election, three candidates from the All Progressives Congress, APC, Labor Party, LP and People’s Democratic Party, PDP would sign the peace accord at Ikot Nakanda, the seat of the council, on Monday, February 21. , 2022.
In a related development, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, trained 1,914 ad hoc staff and presented guidelines ahead of the by-elections in Cross River State.
A statement jointly signed by REC, Dr. Cyril Omorogbe and Administrative Secretary, Ms. Irene Nghuma, shows that “eligible voters whose names were on the 2019 INEC register are qualified to participate in the upcoming by-election in the federal constituency of ‘Ogoja-Yala and Akpabuyo State Constituency, which is to be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022.
“The Biometric Voter Authentication System, BVAS, will be used for accreditation, while accreditation and voting will begin simultaneously between 8 a.m.
at 2:30 p.m.
“, reads the press release.
The statement urged eligible voters to “remember that only your Permanent Voter Card, PVC, is your power to vote.
Also note that the permanent voter card, PVC regardless of the year issued, has no expiry date.
Regarding the training of ad hoc personnel, INEC noted that “the training of Supervisory Chairpersons, SPOs, who are drawn from federal establishments and institutions in accordance with INEC guidelines to prepare for the federal constituency of ‘Ogoja-Yala and Akpanuyo State Constituency Goodbye- Elections scheduled for February 26, 2022 have commenced.
The Electoral Institute organized the two-day training and focused on voting and counting procedures and other electoral processes.
SPOs are expected to train presiding officers, POs and deputy presiding officers, APOs, and to play a supervisory role during by-elections.
By-elections: candidates of political parties sign the peace agreement in Cross River