2015: Fashola commends LASIEC over delineation of wards
LAGOS State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has commended the Lagos State Resident Electoral Commission (LASIEC) for successfully delineating wards and creation of additional polling units in the state.
Fashola, who gave the commendation while receiving the report of the exercise at the State House, Marina, said it was borne out of the need to ensure that residents, particularly those in new settlements, are not disenfranchised.
Pointing out that many densely populated housing estates were constructed in Lagos over the last eight years, the governor said INEC would definitely find the report very useful.
He said: “We know that many estates have sprung up in the last seven to eight years and on election days, we want to be in a position to ensure that they do not have to travel long distances going back to their old addresses and agonising about where they should vote.
“This is the primary purpose of the delineation exercise and to ensure that where certain places have become densely populated, what was put in place to let people vote may become insufficient, overcrowded and in the event people may be disenfranchised and this is important.”
While expressing hope that the series of meetings between LASIEC and the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) are successful, he added, “Nobody would know a community better than the people who live there. I think it would be important for them to understand that this can only be helpful to their work.”
Earlier, LASIEC Chairman, Justice Fatai Adeyinka (retd), said the newly completed delineation of wards and polling units in the State would help the INEC in the conduct of the forthcoming 2015 general elections.
He added that the process involved a series of stakeholders’ forum where boundary disputes were identified as part of the challenges which could mar elections in the State.
He also disclosed that five states have made requests to understudy LASIEC’s approach because of the success recorded on the delineation of wards.
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