Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says its operations are guided by the Electoral Act and not by political parties.

Resident Electoral Commissioner REC Gabriel Yomere, in Cross River, made this known in Calabar during an interview with Newsmen.

Yomere was reacting to calls by the Social Democratic Party SDP to sign the election result sheets for Saturday governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections in advance.

SDP had argued that the measure would help in checking and preventing irregularities during the election.

The party in the letter signed by its chairman in Cross River, Ekpeyong Ambo, said the move would reassure the stakeholders that the umpire would not compromise the results.

Ambo stated that signing the result sheets would clear the suspicion by some political parties in the state that results of March 18 elections were already in the hands of a particular political party.