Why Lagos LG election was delayed - LASIEC

Ivan Schwartz
July 23, 2017

At another unit in the ward, which had more than 300 registered voters, only five had voted at the time.

One of the voters who identified himself simply as Emmanuel expressed disappointment in the attitude of the people.

According to him, LASIEC should be commended for doing a good job.

Speaking further, the LASIEC boss said accreditation and voting by the electorate would commence simultaneously by 8am and end by 3pm, reiterating that results for the chairmanship would be announced at the collation centres for the local government, while that of councilorship would be at the ward levels. So we are happy that we are able to do this and also enhance democratic values that we are trying to build up in this country. She says it is faster and less hectic compared to past elections where people queued up for several hours.

Jeje, however, urged political parties to ensure that they collaborate with the electoral body in educating voters and creating more awareness for future elections in the state.

"I have been in the trenches, encouraging and sensitising people to come out and exercise their political and civic rights but unfortunately, they did not respond. So if you sit down at home and anyone that is not credible gets there, it would not be their fault if they give you bad results and that's what we don't want". Not all areas witnessed low turnout, however.

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He also charged candidates to warn their loyalists against shedding of blood during the elections.

Another voter, Mr Adedeji Olanrewaju said that the process was peaceful except for the low turnout.

"Since I started voting, this turnout is one of the poorest, we can not achieve much if we keep showing apathy towards the election of office holders, " he said.

Downpour which began at 5 a.m.in many parts of Lagos State left many areas flooded and affected early commencement of voting in the local government polls. "We have been waiting for this grassroots election for a very long time", he said.

According to Ogunade, the 48 political parties in Nigeria should do more to discourage voters' apathy, instead of focusing exclusively on how to win elections.

"Despite the downpour on Saturday morning, my observation from the various polling units I visited in different areas, shows that a lot of hard work went into the conduct of the election".

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