As part of preparations for the conduct of the Councillorship bye- elections into Ward B ( Ogunoloko ) and Ward B ( Dopemu ) of Oshodi/ Isolo and Agege Local Governments of Lagos State respectively, the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission ( LASIEC ) has organised a training programme for the ad-hoc personnel to be engaged for the conduct of the elections scheduled for Saturday, 24th March, 2018..
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training programme, the Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips, stated that the training programme was organised for the ad-hoc personnel by the Commission to make them familiar with the roles they are to play and how they are to play such roles for the successful conduct of the elections..
The Chairman, who was represented at the occasion by an Electoral Commissioner of the Commission, Chief ( Mrs. ) Toyin Ibrahim-Famakinwa, further pointed out that as an electoral umpire committed to free, fair and credible elections, the Commission expected the ad-hoc personnel to put the knowledge acquired during the training programme into practice while discharging their duties as election officials..
Hon. Justice Phillips added that the Commission was very conscious of the need to protect its image as an electoral umpire, stressing that the ad-hoc personnel must, therefore, abide by the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of elections at the Local Government level in Lagos State..
Also speaking at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Sesan Tunde Ogundeko, underscored the importance of training of election personnel, noting that the need for adequate training of ad-hoc staff to be deployed for the conduct of the elections “ cannot be over-emphasised”..
Describing the electorate and other stakeholders as customers who must be treated as kings, Mr. Ogundeko stressed that the ad-hoc personnel must be fully prepared to meet the expectations of the public through strict adherence to due process and the rule of law in the conduct of the Councillorship bye- elections..
Mr. Ogundeko also urged the ad-hoc personnel to demonstrate highest degree of impartiality and transparency while carrying out their assigned responsibilities during the elections to ensure the credibility of the elections..
The Permanent Secretary also disclosed that all the materials required for the successful conduct of the elections were already in possession of the Commission awaiting deployment to locations where they would be utilized..
Accreditation and voting will be done simultaneously between 9a.m. and 3p.m. on the day of the bye –elections in the two Wards of the affected Local Governments while the results of the elections will be announced at the Collation Centres of the Wards..
The opening ceremony of the programme was also attended by Dr. Bunmi Omoseyindemi, Mr. Olusegun Ayedun, Prof. Tunde Babawale and Dr. Noah Lawal- Jinadu who are also Electoral Commissioners of the Commission..