Council Poll: LASIEC Adopts ‘Open Secret Ballot’

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The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC, has said the voters’ accreditation, voting and counting of votes during the 22 October local government election would take place simultaneously.

Justice AbdulFatai Afolabi Adeyinka (retd), chairman of the commission made this known during a press parley on the commission’s readiness for 22 October local government election, held on 4 October, at the commission’s head office, Yaba, Lagos

 

Adeyinka said adequate arrangement has been made for the elderly, the sick and the physically challenged in the state who may want to vote during the election.

 

He promised that all voting materials would also get to the various polling centres ahead of time.

 

He also said 28 political parties out of 35 that obtained nomination forms will be participating in the election.

 

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To ensure free, fair and credible election, that would provide a level-playing field for all participants, the chairman said the commission had organised series of capacity-building training and workshops for all categories of staff in the commission.

 

He added that the commission had met with the top hierarchy of the police force to provide security during the election, but however called on all Lagosians to see the issue of security as a collective responsibility and enjoined them to be vigilant and report cases of suspicious movement or strange objects in their vicinity to the security agencies.

 

On the delineation of wards by the commission in 2010, Adeyinka said the result of the exercise cannot be used for this year’s council poll as it has not been rectified and approved by office of the Surveyor-General and the state government respectively.

 

He stated that as part of effort in ensuring that the election is free, fair and credible, the commission would be meeting with all the parties in each of the senatorial districts in the state — Lagos West, East and Central — at Ikeja, Somolu and Lagos Island local government areas on Tuesday, 11 October.

 

— Paul Sanusi