Lagos Recommends More Polling Units
The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) has recommended creation of additional polling units and delineation of wards.
Chairman of LASIEC, retired Justice Fatai Adeyinka, stated this at the weekend, shortly before submission of the commission’s report.
The LASIEC boss said when the commission organised a stake-holders’ forum in June 2010, it discovered that a challenge may arise in terms of boundary disputes, which necessitated the setting up of an inter-ministerial committee comprising of town planners, physical planners and Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.
The chairman said he intends to consult with INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, so that LASIEC could submit its findings on polling units in Lagos State to INEC, as it would help the national body in its activities.
Responding, Governor Babatunde Fashola, said the state government would take all the recommendations into consideration.
Governor Fashola expressed happiness that some other State Independent Electoral Commissions have followed in the footsteps of LASIEC by making enquiries about the success of the delineation of wards exercise.
“For those who may not know, every state, country and community is a work in progress and so new towns, new communities spring up in what used to be forests. Areas that used to be rural become rapidly urbanized and so it is not just enough to build roads, build schools and hospitals there. It is also important to take civic rights very seriously and that is why we have undertaken this process to find out what happened over the past few years”, he said.