LG poll: More work needs to be done on voter sensitisation – LASIEC Chairman
July 24, 2021
The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) says turnout of voters in the ongoing local government election in the state is satisfactory, “but not excellent”.
Retired Justice Ayotunde Phillips, LASIEC Chairman, said this while briefing newsmen on Saturday after touring some polling units in Lagos Mainland Local Government and Yaba Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
“The response is very low, there is still a lot of voter apathy. However, in the Yaba area, it was explained to me that a lot of people are new residents and they have not registered in their new residence, that was why they could not vote.
Very few of the polling units opened at 8 a.m. as they were supposed to. Most of them opened between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., which I have noted.
“A lot of administrative hiccups here and there. Largely, at least, we are here now, and people, who want to vote, are voting.
The chairman said that voting would not be extended beyond 3 p.m. as scheduled, “despite the apathy”.
Phillips said that the commission had not done enough on voter sensitisation, saying “obviously, we need to do more.”
On hitches, Phillips said that the commission had a situation room in LASIEC which addressed problems as they occur.
Voter apathy and malfunctioning of Smart Card Readers marred the poll in many polling units earlier in the day. (NAN)