The ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) and 15 other registered parties in the country will today test their popularity among Nigerians in local government elections that will be conducted today in Lagos and Ogun states
In Lagos State, the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) will be conducting elections into the office of chairman in 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas while the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) would conduct elections into the offices of chairmen and councilors in the 20 local government areas of the state.
To this end, election monitoring group, Yiaga Africa, has called on all contesting political parties to abide by the rules governing the conduct of the elections, adding that parties should admonish their supporters to refrain from acts that could jeopardize the process or destabilize public peace.
YIAGA in the pre-election statement on the 2021 Lagos Local Government Council Elections signed by the director of programs, Yiage African Cynthia Mbamalu and board member, Eze Nwagwu, urged the voters to adhere to COVID-19 public health protocols by adhering to all the non-pharmaceutical protocols, including the practice of physical distancing and frequent washing of hands, or use hand sanitisers.
They said, “We call on voters in the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs where elections will be conducted to come out in their numbers and elect a representative of their preference. Eligible voters should go out and exercise their franchise, knowing that their votes matter and their votes will count.”
The group urged the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) to ensure early deployment of its personnel and materials to polling units to enable early commencement of polls.
“LASIEC election officials must ensure uniformity of consistency in the application of guidelines across all polling stations. They should provide explicit information on accreditation and voting procedure as well as the result collation process and announcement,” it said.