The long awaited local government election in Cross River state, which was put off from March 28, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, would now hold on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
A press release made available to our reporter, dated May 22 and signed by the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC), Dr Mike Ushie, also gave the timetable for the said election.
The release read in part: “notice is hereby given to all citizens of Cross River state that the 2020 local government elections earlier scheduled to take place on the 28th March, 2020 will now take place on Saturday, 30th May 2020.
“All citizens of the State are called out to vote and be voted for as it shall be one man one vote.
“Accreditation and voting starts 8.00am on that day and closes 3.00 pm to give room for collation. All movement is restricted except those on essential and election duties. Markets and shops shall remain closed during that period.
“Voting takes place at all the polling stations and no loitering shall be entertained at such zones. Security agencies are hereby requested to maintain adequate security throughout the period.
“All must adhere strictly to all precautionary measures stipulated by NCDC such as the use of face/nose masks, use of hand sanitizers/washing of hands and maintaining physical distance.
“The State Independent Electoral Commission wishes all a peaceful election, but shall not hesitate to countermand the polls where security is breached.”
The time table released by the Commission indicated that meetings with political parties, stakeholders and security agencies would take place on the 27th while conclusion of submission of names of polling agents by political parties would be on the 28th, in line with CROSIEC Law 38.