INEC Rejects REC’s Resignation To Join Partisan Politics

Former REC in Cross River, Mr Frankland Briyai: joins APC for Bayelsa guber race

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the process in which the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross River, Mr Frankland Briyai, resigned to join partisan politics, is unacceptable.

The commission, in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, quoted INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, as making the clarification.

Okoye made the clarification at the opening of a National Strategy Meeting on Capturing Disaggregated Data of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that although Briyai had the right to join a political party and to contest the election, the way he made public his intention to join partisan politics was not comply with due process.

“What happened was that our REC in Cross River did not forward any letter to any of the appointing authorities.

“He did not have any communication with the supervising National Commissioner, the Chairman of the Commission, but organised a send-off party for himself on Aug. 8.

“He announced that he had joined partisan politics and announced that he had formally joined one of the registered political parties.

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