The much-awaited Lagos State Local Government elections may have to linger like a strong perfume scent following the amendment of the local government administration law 2015 which is yet to be assented by the State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Like previous years, the Local Government election is expected to have commenced and probably concluded with intensified campaigns, posters flooding nooks and crannies of the state, coupled with ward-to-ward tours.
According to the Lagos State Independence Electoral Commission (LASIEC) who is saddled with the responsibility of conducting elections in the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Area in Lagos, the unavailability of voters’ register and amendment of the electoral law were delaying the conduct of local council polls.
LASIEC through Mr Olalekan Mabinuori, one of its commissioner, had said that there were processes to be followed and modalities to be put in place before a date would be fixed for the council election.
He made this assertion at a Political Stakeholders Forum organised by the commission in Lagos on April 19, 2016.
“The date for the council election has not been fixed because some modalities are not in place yet though the process will commence soon. The state’s electoral law is being amended at the State House of Assembly and the governor will also have to assent to it before we can put the law to use.
“The Voters’ Register is not yet with LASIEC and we are pursuing that vigorously”, Mabinuori said.
The Lagos State House of Assembly amended the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) Law 2008 in order to prevent a re-occurrence of what happened recently in Kogi State, when the candidate of the APC, the late Audu Abubakar died before result of the election was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).