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LG poll: Lagos govt restricts movement during voting hours

Posted by By Sun News Publishing on 2008/10/10 | Views: 1479 |

LG poll: Lagos govt restricts movement during voting hours


Ahead of the local government election on Saturday in Lagos State, the state government on Thursday announced a restriction of all movements on the election day throughout the state to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

Ahead of the local government election on Saturday in Lagos State, the state government on Thursday announced a restriction of all movements on the election day throughout the state to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

The restriction which, according to the government, “is to ensure that people go out and vote without let or hindrance,” will, however, last between the hours of 8.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m., which is the period for the election.

Briefing newsmen at the Government House Marina, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Barrister Opeyemi Bamidele, also expressed the state government’s determination to provide a conducive atmosphere for the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) to conduct the election.

Bamidele appealed to Lagosians to see the restriction as the state government’s attempt to provide a congenial atmosphere for the exercise and assured that necessary modalities had been put in place to ensure security of lives and property on the election day.

The commissioner also assured that the government would work with LASIEC and other security agencies to ensure timely movement of voting material to all designated poll points.
Describing the directive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to its members to boycott the election as a cheap attempt to discredit the exercise, Opeyemi argued that the election represented a golden opportunity for PDP to test its popularity in Lagos.

“As far as the Lagos State Government is concerned, the election will be conducted on Saturday. The responsibility of conducting the election rests with LASIEC and the Lagos State Government will ensure that LASIEC carries out its constitutional responsibilities,” the commissioner said, adding, “There are clear guidelines for conducting the election and PDP had till September 26 to withdraw but they never did.”

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