Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Why Council Polls Won’t Hold In Lagos In 2014 – LASIEC


JUSTICE AFOLABI ABDULFATAI ADEYINKA
(RTD) CHAIRMAN, LAGOS STATE
INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION
(LASIEC)
Retired Justice Fatai Adeyinka, the Chairman,
Lagos State Independent Electoral
Commission, LASIEC, has said that Local
Government election would not hold in state
this year due to some constraints.
Mr. Adeyinka told lawmakers on Monday at a
plenary session attended by some members
of LASIEC that the commission had made
some recommendations to the state
government about this challenges which has
not been approved.
He said part of the recommendations was
the creation of additional wards in the state.
The LASIEC boss also said that the current
voters register needed to be updated because
it was last used in 2011 and could not be
used again by the electorate.
“We need an updated voter’s register which
is with the Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC, and we have requested
for this but INEC is not willing to release it.
“We don’t want to conduct the election with
the voter’s register on ground because it
does not contain the addresses of electorate.
“So, if we decide to use an old register, we
will be disenfranchising some voters from
exercising their rights.
“Also, there is the need to create additional
polling booths to add to the ones we have
on ground which is also the responsibility of
INEC.
“Until these constraints are resolved, we
won’t be able to conduct elections into the
local governments.
“Definitely, election cannot hold this year
(2014)”, he said.
Taiwo Kolawole, the Deputy Speaker of the
House, who presided over the plenary, said
that the House could not allow a vacuum at
that tier of government as the tenure of the
current chairmen would end by in October.
“The LASIEC chairman has told us that
election cannot hold this year because of
some constraints.
“LASIEC do not have the power to create
additional polling units and they can’t
conduct the election with a register that is
not updated so that some people will not be
disenfranchised”, he said.
The deputy speaker directed the Leader of
the House, Ajibayo Adeyeye, to work with the
House Committee on Judiciary to liaise with
the executive arm of the state and come up a
law pending when council elections would
hold.
Lagos State has 20 local governments and
37 local development areas.
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