The Acting Resident Electoral Commissioner of Cross River State, Ngozi Oghuma, has said that the state's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is almost ready to carry out the forthcoming bye-election, as some non-sensitive election materials have been received.
While speaking with journalists in Calabar on Saturday, Oghuma said, “We already have some non-sensitive materials. We are expecting other materials from the headquarters. The elections will take place on January 25."
The elections will take place in Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency in Ekureku I and Ekureku II in 18 polling units, while the Abi State Constituency election will take place in 15 polling units.
The election in this area is expected to be a straight fight between Alex Egbona of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the immediate past Speaker of the state House of Assembly John Gaul-Lebo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The INEC band participated in the Calabar Carnival on Saturday and the INEC commissioner said, “We use this event (carnival) to showcase what we do in INEC. We use it as a platform as approved by the commission to tell the public what we do. We are having some events that are coming up very soon. We encourage the public, that is, the electorate, those who have their voters’ cards to take care of them in view of using them when it is time for them to vote."
She added that the organization wants to tell the electorate that it will soon be having a continuous voter registration.
"Those who want to do a transfer, those who are above 18 years, we will encourage them to come and register," she added.