By Andy Chukwu
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Dr. Frankland Briyai, its Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross River State, has been relieved of his duties, following his alleged breach of the code of conduct while declaring his political ambition to contest for the Bayelsa State Gubernatorial election.
Festus Okoye, Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, in a statement said making such announcement within the commission’s premises is forbidden by law.
Okoye added that despite making announcement on his resignation, the commission is yet to receive any communication on this from Briyai.
He said section 306(2) of the 1999 Constitution states that the resignation of such appointment takes effect upon receipt of the letter of resignation by the appointing authority.
“While it is the right of any commissioner or official of the commission to resign his or her appointment and join any political party of his/her choice and to aspire for any office or position, INEC frowns at the use of its premises or facilities for any political purpose as this is unlawful and contrary to the Code of Conduct subscribed to by all its officials,” he said.
“Following his declaration, the Commission has relieved Dr. Briyai of his duties as a resident electoral commissioner and withdrawn all powers delegated to him,” the statement added.
“Consequently, the Administrative Secretary of Cross River State has been directed to oversee the office and take over the functions and duties of the REC until further notice.”
On Thursday, Briyai announced his resignation in order to contest the November governorship election in Bayelsa State, stating that he would contest the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).