An employee of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Cross River State, Dr. Frankland Briyai, has been sacked for joining the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Briyai on Thursday joined the race for Bayelsa State governorship election scheduled for November, a move culminating in his sack by his employer on the ground of violating a provision relating to his appointment, a statement released by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, said this on Friday.
A sent-forth party was held for the aspirant at the Calabar office of INEC office.
Okoye’s statement reads in part: “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.
“Following his declaration, the Commission has relieved Dr. Briyai of his duties as a Resident Electoral Commissioner and withdrawn all powers delegated to him. 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.”