INEC to punish erring officials in Cross River
The new Resident Electoral Commissioner in Cross River, Dr. Briyai Frankland, said on Wednesday the Commission would deal decisively with any of staff who connives with politicians to manipulate election results in the state.
Frankland stated this at his maiden interactive session with journalists in Calabar, the state capital.
“I have observed that there is wrong public perception about electoral officials conniving with some politicians to manipulate results of elections in the state.
“I have warned all members of staff, especially at the local government levels to change their attitude to work as the state INEC under my watch will do everything to uphold the sanctity of elections in this state.
“I will not tolerate any laxity on the part of my staff and anyone found culpable will be punished accordingly,” he said.
Franklnad said he has integrity to protect, adding that he was not in the state to dance to anybody’s tune but to discharge his duties diligently.
He advised all registered political parties in the state to work hard to win elections rather than waiting to manipulate the process.
“I am not here for anybody. My advice to political parties is that they should work hard, and I promise that anyone who works hard will always win elections,” the new REC added.