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INEC clarifies reported sack of Cross River REC over governorship ambition

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has clarified its statement on the “looting” of the Resident Election Commissioner (REC) in the state of Cross River, Dr. Frankland Briyai.

GISTOK reported that Briyai had previously announced his resignation yesterday to challenge the November 16 governing elections in the state of Bayelsa.

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But the National Commissioner of INEC and Director of Voter Education, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said the commission does not have the power to take such action.

However, he explained that INEC could only delegate power, duties, and responsibilities. “I don’t think we have the power to fire a REC,” Osaze-Uzzi said during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday.

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He added: “The commission has delegated the duty, powers, and responsibility of the REC. What the commission has only power to do is delegate its power, delegate its duty, delegate responsibility.

“In this particular case, we have withdrawn that delegated power so that Dr. Brayai no longer functions as the REC of the State of Cross River. He has said he has even given up anyway. ”

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