Integrity appears at stake as the Chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Ayodele Philips, on Friday said nobody should entertain any doubt on the neutrality of the commission as an electoral umpire.
Phillips, at a news conference in Lagos ahead of Saturday’s council polls in the state, reassured all players of the commission’s readiness to conduct free and fair elections.
“I wish to reiterate that the commission will provide a level playing field for all political parties and their candidates.
“The commission shall remain committed to its responsibilities of conducting free, fair and credible elections.
“Nobody, therefore, has any cause to entertain any fear or doubt on the neutrality of the commission as an electoral umpire at the local government level of the state.
“We are very much aware of our responsibilities as provided for in the relevant enabling laws”she said.
Philips said the various logistics and measures have been put in place to ensure that the polls were not only free but also credible.
Detailing the preparations, Philips said the commission had already moved all non -sensitive electoral materials to the 20 Local Goverment Areas and 37Local Council Development Areas.
She said that the early movement of materials was to forestall delay and ensure early take off of the election.
She also said all security arrangements have been concluded to ensure hitch-free elections.
Philips reiterated that the restriction of movement from 7am to 3pm was to ensure order and impressive participation in the polls.
She said the commission was at the climax of sensitisation campaigns to mobilise residents for the election.
She urged residents to come out during the elections and vote for the candidates of their choice.