By: Emmanuel Ulayi.
Stakeholders and political class jostling to contest the various positions in the forthcoming Local Government Elections in Cross River State have applauded the Cross River Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) for the drastic reduction in election charges.
When the timetable for the forthcoming LG Elections with the various activities to be carried out before the Elections including charges that various aspirants and candidates will pay for aspiring to office like Chairman, Vice Chairman and Councillorship, the charges were considered too exhorbitant.
As a result of this pressure was mounted from Cross section of stakeholders in the electoral process, leading to the reduction in charges.
Speaking in his office, Chairman of CROSIEC, Dr. Mike Ushie disclosed that the charges were reduced to encourage more partication in the forthcoming local government election
He explained that the reduction is a clear indication of the magnanimity of the leadership of Sen Prof Ben Ayade and that the administration is a listening type that is committed towards the full participation of the people in the third tier of Government.
Dr Ushie assured that the Commission under his watch with the encouragement from His Excellency, the Govermor will provide a level playing ground for all willing to participate in the process of democratization of the third tier of Government which is closer to the people.