8th September, 2010
The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), has assured Lagos residents onÂ creation of additional wards and polling units to enable them to be represented andÂ participate fully in the coming general elections.
Justice Abdul-Fatai Adeyinka (retd), chairman of the commission, made this known on MondayÂ at a stakeholdersâ€™ forum on delineation of wards and creation of additional polling units,Â jointly held by the Lagos Mainland Local Government and Yaba Local Council Development Area.
Adeyinka stated that his commission had met with the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC)Â in the state, informing him that it has embarked on delineation of wards and creation ofÂ additional polling units to enable people at the grassroots to be fully represented andÂ participate in the coming general elections and that the report would soon be made availableÂ to REC, while calling on countryâ€™s electoral body to distribute the voter register equitablyÂ to ensure that all and sundry participate in the coming exercise.
He, however, stated that not all the demands made by the stakeholders would be granted asÂ such are subjected to INECâ€™s laws and guidelines on creation of polling units and wards
He also advised Lagosians to come out to register and vote during election period.
Mr. Olalekan Mabinuori, Commissioner, Lagos Central Zone of the commission, said that theÂ idea behind the forum was to afford residents of the state to receive memoranda on demandsÂ for more polling units and wards delineation, promising the commissionâ€™s readiness to visitÂ all nooks and crannies of the local governments to visit the demands of the people.
Mr. Jide Jimoh, Chairman, Yaba Local Council Development Area, pledged his support for theÂ stakeholdersâ€™ demand on additional polling units and wards delineation, which he said wouldÂ enable everyone to participate in the coming elections as well as fully represented at theÂ local government level.
Mr. Oladele Adekanye, his Lagos Mainland Local Government counterpart, used the forum toÂ call for the postponement of the elections, as, according to him, it is impossible for INECÂ to conduct a credible election in January 2011.
Adekanye opined that the electoral umpire needs more time to educate Nigerians about itsÂ programmes and to carry out lots of reforms within the commission before embarking on anyÂ election.
With this, he said, the country could expect a credible election.
The stakeholdersâ€™ forum was organised by LASIEC to gather memoranda from Lagosians on theÂ creation of additional polling units and delineation of wards in the state.