LASIEC set to achieve success in Lagos LG elections

The Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips has disclosed that the Commission is determined to ensure the successful conduct of the forthcoming elections into the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the State.

The Chairman, who stated this while speaking with newsmen during the continuation of her inspection tour of the offices of Electoral Officers of the Commission in the various Local Government Councils of the State, pointed out that the LASIEC can not afford to embark on conducting the elections without having fully prepared for the task.

While indicating that the date for the conduct of the next LG/LCDAs elections had not been fixed, she stressed that the Commission also intends to carry out other necessary pre-election activities before the date of the election could be announced.

According to her, “Among the activities that would be undertaken by the Commission before the announcement of the date is the sensitization of stakeholders and the general public on the election with a view to securing their input and motivating them towards active participation in the electoral process at the Local Government level of the State”.

Justice Philips noted that LASIEC would also embark on the training of staff and members of the Commission to enhance their capacity for the arduous task of conducting successful elections.

Elaborating on the capacity building plan of the Commission, the Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Olumide Lawal, explained that there would be a series of training programmes for the staff of the Commission, revealing that the Commission was already in partnership with an internationally renowned election training organization, the International Foundation of Electoral Systems ( IFES ), to boost the capacity of staff in election administration and management as well as give them exposure to international best practices.

He added that the Commission would also ensure that ad-hoc staffers to be engaged for the elections are adequately trained to perform whatever roles would be assigned to them for the elections so as to guard against mistakes that could mar the election process and cast doubts on the integrity of the Commission as an Election Management Body.

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