By Benson Ezugwu
Calabar, Nov. 21, 2020 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River says candidates for the forthcoming Senatorial and State Assembly by-elections in the Northern senatorial district will sign peace accord.
The election umpire said that the accord signing would take place at a stakeholders’ meeting in Ogoja Local Government Council on Nov. 24.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Emmanuel Hart, said this in a statement made available to the media on Friday in Calabar.
He said this was part of the preparations for the rescheduled elections expected to hold on Saturday, Dec. 5.
According to him, training of Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) has already began while training of Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers and Collation officers will also follow.
“An enlarged meeting of stakeholders including political parties, traditional rulers, youth leaders and women leaders from the five local government areas of the district will hold on Nov. 24, at Ogoja where a peace accord will be signed by candidates,” he said.
Hart added that another meeting was being planned in Calabar with different stakeholders involved in the electoral process including the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, National Union of Road Transport Workers and Civil Society Organisations.
The REC said that the sensitive materials for the elections would arrive the state on the eve of the elections and would be distributed to the various local government areas.
“I am assuring all concerned that INEC is ready to conduct free, fair and transparent elections.
Naija247news reports that the elections were earlier billed to hold on Oct. 31, but was postponed by INEC, following the recent #ENDSARS protests in parts of the country.
The by-elections were as a result of the death of Sen. Rose Okoh who, until her demise, was representing Cross River North and to replace the late Godwin Akwaji, who represented Obudu State Constituency.
The Cross River North comprised of five local government areas including Ogoja, Obudu, Yala, Obanliku and Bekwarra.