Ahead of the Lagos State Local government election proposed to hold at the end of second quarters of 2017, precisely in June, the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), yesterday, said Card Reading Machine will not be used for the poll.
LASIEC chairman, Justice Ayotunde Philips (Rtd) revealed this today at a stakeholders’ forum for Lagos West Senatorial Dstrict, themed, ‘Participatory Democracy: Essential for sustainable development,’ held in Badagry Town Hall, Badagry Local Government.
Philips stressed that every step taken by the commission was aimed at
ensuring winners in the upcoming elections get their mandate in a level playing field.
She said: “We have decided that we will not be use the Card Reader (CR) for
this election. And the reason is that there have been several issues concerning the use of CR in previous elections held across the country.
“We don’t want issues of Card Reader machine to affect the council poll
that was why we have decided to jettison the machine.
“So what we have decided to do was that on which ever date for the poll, the electorate will visit the polling booths with his Permanet Voter Card, (PVC). He will be accredited and vote immediately.
“The only thing that is different from the mathod we intend to adopt for this election and previous polls in Lagos State was just the adoption of Card Reading machine. All other process still sacrosanct.”
She, therefore, urged residents to visit any of the 20 Local Governments and pick their PVC, saying; “I was in Abuja last week and I had meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman over the poll and I was made to understand that the PVC are at the Councils and not Local Council Development Area (LCDA).”
Philips, however, added that election would be conducted in 12,300 polling units across the state.
Philips noted that previously, the number was less than 10,000 but after the last delineation, the number has been increased to ensure that the electorate do not trek long distance before exercising their civic duties.