The Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission ( LASIEC ), Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips, has disclosed that the Commission is set for the conduct of Councillorship bye-election into Ward C ( Owode Orile ) in Bariga Local Council Development Area of the State tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18..
Speaking today at a press conference, Hon. Justice Phillips urged eligible voters in the affected area to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice in demonstration of their civic duty as good citizens, adding that the election would be conducted between 9.00 am and 3p.m..
She further pointed out that there would be no restriction of movement during the period of the bye-election since the election would be organised within a small community..
Hon. Justice Phillips also revealed that the Commission would set up an Election Support Centre at the Commission’s headquarters to enable the Commission monitor reports from its personnel in the polling units and collation centre with a view to promptly responding to any challenges that might arise..
She further explained that the Commission had organised an intensive training programme for the ad-hoc personnel to be used for the conduct of the bye-election to guard against avoidable mistakes or errors that could cast doubts on the integrity of the election and the Commission..
The Chairman also stated that the Commission was working in collaboration with security personnel to ensure peace and tranquility which is required for the conduct of a hitch-free election, warning , however, that any miscreants or criminally –minded people caught for a breach of the peace would be appropriately sanctioned in accordance with the law..
Hon. Justice Phillips also appealed to the media to continue to assist Election Management Bodies by educating eligible voters to participate in the electoral process to reduce the high rate of voter apathy across the country, stressing that the Commission had regularly sensitized stakeholders on the need to participate actively in the electoral process to strengthen democratic rule in the State..
Two political parties, the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) and the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) are participating in the bye-election. The bye- election is necessitated by the vacuum created following the death of Mr. Solomon Awokoya, the Councillor representing the Ward..