The Independent National Electoral Commission said it would not pay a Collation Officer for Saturday’ s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Cross River, who absconded .
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state , Dr Frankland Briyai , made this known on Monday in Calabar while speaking with newsmen after the declaration of results of the polls .
He said that he could not understand why the official absconded from the job , saying that the fellow was absent at the collation centre and his whereabouts unknown .
“ The fact is that this did not just happen in Calabar South . We had experienced a similar incident in the Presidential and National Assembly elections , so , we always have a back – up in case something like this happens.
“ The absence of the Collation Officer has no implications other than that he is not going to be paid , ” he said .
According to Briyai , the Cross River governorship and House of Assembly elections were free and fair .
“ You could see the credibility of the process because after the announcement of the result by the State ’ s Returning Officer, Prof . Akim Ibhadode , there was no opposition from any political party .
“ To the best of my knowledge, throughout the voting process in the state , nobody died , though we heard some information of people burning houses in Yakurr Local Government Area.