The Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission has fixed Saturday, May 30, 2020 for the local government election earlier scheduled for March 28.
The election was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chairman of the agency, Dr Mike Ushi, announced the new date on Monday in a statement in Calabar.
He said all eligible citizens of the state were called out to vote and be voted for as it would be one man, one vote.
Ushie said, “Accreditation and voting start at 8am on that day and closes by 3pm to give room for collation. All movement is restricted except those on essential and election duties. Markets and shops shall remain closed within the period.
“Voting takes place at all polling stations and no loitering shall be entertained at such zones. Security agencies are hereby requested to maintain adequate security throughout the period.”
He also advised everyone participating in the exercise to adhere strictly to all the precautionary measures stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control such as use of nose/face mask, use of hand sanitiser/washing of hands, maintaining physical distancing, among others.
The election is coming almost four years after elected council chairmen completed their tenure and left office. Since then civil servants known as Heads of Local Government Administration (HOLGAs) have been running the affairs of the 18 local government councils in the state.