Party primaries for Lagos LG poll begin today as LASIEC drops use of card reader

LASIEC dumps card reader for council polls

: Tajudeen Adebanjo 

Lagosians would not face the challenges of card reading machine during the July 22 council elections as the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) has dumped the machine for manual voting.

LASIEC Chairman Justice Ayotunde Phillips (retd) said this in a statement signed by the commission’s Head, Public Affairs, Oladapo Olatunde.

Phillips said the law setting up the commission had no provision for the use of the card reader machine for the conduct of its elections.

The former Chief Judge of Lagos, however, promised that the commission would amend its law after the July 22 election to accommodate the use of electronic machines in future elections.

The commission has amended the notice of election it earlier issued on April 7 on the conduct of elections into the 20 Local Governments (LGs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).

With the amendment, conduct of party primaries by political parties for aspirants for the Chairmanship, Vice Chairmanship, Councillorship seats of the LGs/LCDAs is now expected to commence today and end on May 25.

The decision to extend the period for the conduct of party primaries by one week, the commission said, was in response to an appeal made by leaders of political parties in the state during a meeting organised by the Commission.

During the meeting attended by state chairmen and secretaries of political parties, the parties had requested the commission to give them more time for the conduct of their primaries, a request the commission promised to consider.

The commission has also released the guidelines for the conduct of the elections.

The guidelines which were presented to the party leaders by Justice Phillips, spelt out the types of forms: LASIEC 001, LASIEC 002 and LASIEC 008 which political parties are expected to obtain for their candidates from the commission between April 18 and May 26.

Justice Phillips warned political parties and their candidates to refrain from the use of abusive language, avoid of forms of bribery and inducement of voters, focus their campaigns on their party manifestos and programmes and avoid basing their campaigns on sectional, ethnic and religious sentiments or prejudice among others.

Failure to comply with the guidelines and other relevant provisions of the law, she said, would attract appropriate sanctions.
Source: The Nation

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