The Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, in Cross River State has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for almost efficiently conducting last week’s Presidential/National Assembly election in the state.
State IPAC Chairman Anthony Bissong Attah also praised the military for their massive presence, which helped tame possible violence during the exercise.
He said the role of the military is enshrined in the new INEC electoral law.
Speaking to reporters at the NUJ press center in Calabar alongside other party leaders and secretaries, he said that despite pre-election wrangling and wrangling over BVAS machinery and allied affairs, INEC demonstrates a strong sense of responsibility for the resources at their disposal.
He took the time to express his joy at the victory of the candidates at the end of the exercise. “Since the election, we have reviewed all segments of the processes and found that INEC has performed above our expectations and we hereby award it a seal of approval. We encourage them to do even better in next week’s gubernatorial election.
“We applaud the APC, PDP and LP candidates in the Southern Senatorial District who won the election, including APC’s Asuquo Ekpenyong Jr who won the Southern Senatorial seat, APC’s Bassey Joseph who won the House of Reps for Akpabuyo/Bakassi/ Calabar South, Ekpenyong Akiba of LP who won the Calabar/Odukpani municipality seat, as well as Eteng Williams of APC who won the seat of central senator among others.
“However, we disapprove of what happened at Central and continue to praise.
“In the Northern District, we commend the PDP Senate candidate, Jarigbe Agom.
IPAC said the governor election on Saturday 11 March 2023 was also very important, urging apathy. “The election of the governor is very important. We’re asking eligible people to come out en masse and vote for the gubernatorial candidates of your choice.
“Voting records in our state were close to 700,000, but last week the number of voters was about 400,000 of those registered. We should have included 1.2 million in polls. That’s why we’re making an urgent call for our people to come out in large numbers to vote for our next governor.”