30th March, 2011
In a bid to ensure that the forthcoming elections are free and fair especially in Lagos State, there has been a series of meetings between the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, PEC, Kunle Ogunmola, and politicians.
The meetings are coming less than 72 hours to the election into the Senate and House of Representatives.
Source told P.M.NEWS this morning that the electoral boss has met with both politicians and security agencies in the state and has been able to extract a promise that the elections would be free and fair.
It was also gathered that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, represented by Ogunmola in the state, has informed the politicians of the consequences of any act of violence.
He has also told them that he would ensure that the state becomes a good example of how a free and fair election could be conducted as he would not hesitate to either disqualify a candidate or nullify the result of any candidate who is found to have flouted the rules of elections.
When contacted this morning, Mr. Ogunmola confirmed meeting with the leadership of the various political parties in the state.
He also confirmed that the parties have promised to abide by the rules since INEC is resolute on conducting an election like it has never happened in the country.
According to him, the leadership of the various political parties have been made to understand that â€œany of their candidates or group of candidates who promote any form of violence will be treated with all the powers INEC can muster.
â€œAny individual or group that attempts to disrupt the election would be dealt with as individual or group.â€
The REC who expressed optimism that Lagos State would uphold its tenet as Centre of Excellence, also said: â€œI have met with security agencies in the state and we are still meeting today. â€œThe idea is to ensure that there is absolute peace and the voters are not afraid to come out on election day for fear of any violence.â€