4th October, 2010
Justice Afolabi Adbul-Fatai Adeyinka (Retd), Chairman, Lagos State Independent ElectoralÂ Commission (LASIEC), has said that the body has the constitutional power to createÂ additional polling units and delineation of wards
Adeyinka stated this at a stakeholders forum on wards delineation and creation ofÂ additional polling units in Lagos State, held at the secretariat of the Shomolu LocalÂ Government Area, recently.
He stated that the commission is empowered to carry out the exercise by the constitutionÂ of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Lagos State Independent Electoral Law, 2008, SectionÂ 3, Local Government (Administration) Law 1999 as amended, Local Government AdministrationÂ (Amendment) Law 2003 and the Local Government Administration (Amendment) Law 2006.
He cited population contiguity, geography and cultural affinity as criteria for creatingÂ additional polling units and delineating the wards.
He said the forum is to enable the commission know the local governments in the stateÂ that would deserve additional polling units and wards. This, he said ,could only be doneÂ through the memorandum submitted by the stakeholders at the forum and through theÂ commissionâ€™s visit to the area.
He assured Lagosians of making the findings of the commission public, at the end of theÂ forum.
Speaking at the event, Hon. Gbolahan Bagostowe and Akeem Sulaiman, Chairmen Somolu LocalÂ Government Area and Bariga Local Council Development Area, Lagos, Nigeria, respectively,Â commended LASIEC for initiating the forum.
Hon Sulaiman, chairman, Bariga LCDA, said that apart from bringing government to theÂ doorsteps of people at grassroots, the exercise would serve as catalyst for adequateÂ representation in government.