Council Poll: Lasiec Extends Primaries By 11 Days


The Chairman of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Justice Afolabi Abdulfatai Adeyinka (rtd), has announced that following applications from 14 political parties for the extension of time to conduct their primaries, the commission has extended the period by 11 days.

Adeyinka, who made the disclosure at a stakeholders’ forum held at the premises of the commission on Thursday, explained that with the development, parties will be expected to conduct their primaries between 4 August and 15 September as against the previous arrangement of 4 August to 4 September.

The extension, he said, will allow most of the political parties to tidy loose ends before the polls.

He said the forum was convened to mobilise and promote maximum participation of all political parties in the 2011 Lagos council polls, disclosing that 28 political parties had so far collected nomination forms for the exercise.

The chairman disclosed further that the voter register will be displayed in each of the ward collation centres from Monday, 26 September to Sunday, 9 October, 2011, adding that electioneering campaign must end on Thursday, 20 October by 6 p.m.

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He urged party leaders to caution their supporters against violence, rigging and snatching of ballot boxes during the election, stating that to ensure orderliness, the commission had met with all security agencies with a view to ensure that the election was free and fair.

He also warned political parties against conducting rallies beyond the stipulated time of 6 p.m. on Thursday, 20 October,

Adeyinka stated that the commission will continue to give update on the notice of election to all political parties.

The political parties at the meeting included ANPP, APGA, CPC, Justice Party and SDMP.

Others are the Labour Party, BNPP, ALP, KOWA, ACPN, DFPF, NCP and AA, among others.

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