The bye-election into the Ikom II state constituency scheduled for Saturday, 17 November, 2018, will hold in 55 polling units and 11 voting points in the four wards of the constituency.
This was made known in Calabar at the weekend by the Cross River state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Frankland Briyai.
Briyai also said 253 poll officials would be required to conduct the bye-election, while registration area centres would be created to accommodate election personnel and materials a day before the bye-election to avoid delays on Election Day.
He said the new date for the bye-election came about because of logistics problems. The initial date was Saturday, November 10.
According to him, “political parties have been notified of the new date for the election, while the bye-election has been forwarded to all stakeholders.”
He said those eligible to vote during the bye-election were “those who election were “those who voted in the 2015 general elections and those registered between April 2017 to March 2018 and have collected their permanent voter cards (PVCs) before the bye-election.”
Briyai also said smart card readers would be used for the verification and accreditation of voters during the voting exercise.
The bye-election became necessary following the vacuum created by the death of Simon Nkoro on 26 August this year, after a prolonged ailment.
Nkoro had represented Ikom II state constituency in the Cross River state House of Assembly until his demise four days after the burial of another lawmaker, Stephen Ukpukpen.
Ukpukpen, who represented Obudu state constituency, slumped and died in May this year while exercising in Calabar. A bye-election was conducted on 11 August and his widow, Abbey Ukpukpen won on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).