The Chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips has declared that the Commission was fully prepared and ready to conduct a by-election to fill the vacant Councillorship seat in Ward A (Obele/Oniwala) in Surulere Local Government on Saturday, 27th April 2019.
While briefing the press on the preparation of the Commission for the by-election, Justice Phillips explained that the Commission had taken delivery of all election materials, both sensitive and non-sensitive, required for the conduct of the election.
The Chairman also disclosed that the Commission had concluded the training of the personnel to conduct the exercise, stressing that the staff had to be retrained “to bring them up to date in terms of the information and knowledge required to enable them to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently as election managers”.
Justice Phillips added that all the officials were, therefore, expected to comply fully with the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of elections, warning that the Commission would not tolerate any excuses for mistakes on the part of the election personnel.
She further pointed out that the Commission was working closely with the relevant security agencies, particularly the Police, Department of State Services as well as the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to ensure a hitch-free and peaceful election, noting that the Commission had been assured of the preparedness of the agencies.
The Chairman also disclosed that two political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) were the only political parties contesting for the councillorship seat which became vacant following the death of Mr. Razak Bello, who was the Councillor representing the Ward until his death.
She also revealed that Mr. Kazeem Bello is the candidate of the APC while Mr. Abdulateef Bolaji Sanni is the candidate of the PDP for the by-election.
While urging all eligible registered voters in the affected area to cast their votes for any candidate of their choice without any fear of molestation or attack, Phillips pointed out that the by-election offered another opportunity for residents to vote for effective representation and development at the Local Government level.
She commended the media for their support and urged journalists to create awareness for enhanced participation in the electoral process at all levels.