LG Poll: Lagos Chief Judge Inaugurates Tribunals

A week after local council elections took place in Lagos State, the states Chief Judge, Justice Funmilayo Atilade, has inaugurated two tribunals to look into petitions arising from the exercise.

The two tribunals, headed by Justice Olateru Olagbegi and Mrs Folashade Adetiba, are expected to provide a platform for aggrieved parties or individuals to seek redress through a seamless legal process, as prescribed by the electoral law.

The chief judge also said that members of the tribunals were men and women of proven integrity who are vast in relevant laws. nevertheless, she charged them to see their new task as a call to service and ensure that the oath of office

Nevertheless, she urged them to see their new task as a call to service and ensure that the oath of office remains their guide.

Lagos LG Polls: 110 Suspects In Police Custody – Fatai Owoseni

Fatai Owoseni

The Lagos State Police Command said it has arrested about 110 suspects for various offences during the local government election which held on Saturday.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, disclosed this during an election coverage programme on Channels Television.

“As of the time I left the office (on Saturday evening), we should be having about 110 suspects that have been arrested for one thing or the other. There may still be more because we’ve not finished the whole process but as of now, we have close to about 110 suspects in custody.”

Mr Owoseni who said he also monitored the process in some areas of the state noted that the police responded promptly to the incidence of violence in some parts of the state.

He said: “I can tell you that as we sit down, and rounding up everything, it (the election) was relatively peaceful and in some of those few areas where we had skirmishes, there were prompt responses to those skirmishes and that led to some good arrests made in some areas”.

The Police Commissioner maintained that no major incidence of violence was recorded during the election, stressing that adequate security measures were put in place.

“Major incidence of violence, not really; I was out by myself and in those areas that everybody had been thinking that blood would be spilled, we’ve not had anything like that. I did my monitoring in-between Oshodi, Mushin and Agege.

“Where we had skirmishes, there were prompt responses and where it became necessary that we should give support to electoral officials in moving the results of votes cast to the collation centre, we did that. I got personally involved in escorting some of those materials, especially in Mushin where there was apprehension that some people would hijack the process,” he said.

Responding to reactions from some residents of the state who criticised the restriction of movement for some hours, the commissioner noted that adequate information had been passed across before the election took place.

He added: “What was needed to be done must be done for the election to hold; the police enforce the laws, we don’t make the laws. The law was made on restriction and enough information was also sent out prior to this time… so the police only enforced the law and the restriction order was properly enforced.”

Low Turnout As Lagos Holds Local Council Elections

After a five-year wait, Lagosians today voted for their leaders at the grassroots level.

Despite an intense build-up to the elections in the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas of the state, turnout was low in many areas.

Voting and accreditation had been scheduled to start at 8 am and end by 3 pm, but heavy rainfall in the early hours of the day resulted in a damp and late start to the elections, especially as it left parts of the state flooded.

Rainfall left some parts of the state flooded early on Saturday morning

Across several polling units, electoral material and officials arrived behind schedule and when they finally were set for accreditation and voting, only a few voters turned up.

In Lekki, around noon, not many people had turned out for voting and accreditation. For instance, at Polling Unit 15 in Ward E of Lekki scheme 1, no voter was present by 12 pm.

Not far away, at Crescent E, 1004 Flats on Victoria Island, less than 10 people had voted at Polling Unit 034 when our reporter visited after 1:00 pm.

At some polling units, electoral officials and party agents idled away as only a few voters showed up

The situation was similar in several parts of the Lagos Mainland. This was evident in FESTAC. At its largest ward, Ward C, which has six polling units, voter apathy was evident.

In one of the polling unit, where more than 500 voters were registered, only 25 had voted around 2 pm. At another unit in the ward, which had more than 300 registered voters, only five had voted at the time.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, who voted in the morning at Unit O33, Ward 6, Ogunmodede Ogunmodede Junior and Senior College in Epe, expressed concern about voter apathy after casting his vote.

Governor Ambode says voter apathy is a threat to credible elections

According to him, for the state and the nation to witness credible elections, everyone has to fully participate.

“What is important for us is for us to be able to conduct a free fair and credible election and, you know, local government election has not taken place in Lagos State in the last five years. So we are happy that we are able to do this and also enhance democratic values that we are trying to build up in this country.

“You cannot stay back and just expect that things will work well,” said the governor, who explained that a peaceful atmosphere had been created for people to carry out their civic obligations.

The governor added, “We have tried at the state level but we also need to put credible people at the local government level and that is the nearest government to our people and all we have been advocating is about participatory governance.

“If you don’t take part, you will not just be part of what is coming out and the whole essence is for you to be able to choose people who will really touch your needs. So if you sit down at home and anyone that is not credible gets there, it would not be their fault if they give you bad results and that’s what we don’t want.”

By 3 pm when voting ended in most of the polling units, not much had changed in terms of turnout. Not all areas witnessed low turnout, however.

In Obalende, for instance, many people were eager to vote.

Mr David Adodo, who said he is from the Ikoyi/Obalende LCDA, said the large turnout in the area was because people had waited for a long time.

“We thank God people are turning out en masse for this election. We thank the Government of Lagos State for this encouragement and we appreciate the governor for the conducive atmosphere. We have been waiting for this grassroots election for a very long time,” he said.

According to the electoral body, 12 political parties participated in the elections with 1,300 chairmanship and councillorship candidates vying for leadership positions at the local government level.

Although the elections did not have the usual intensity associated with local council polls, it is set to produce leaders at the grassroots level with results already being announced in some areas.

Lagos LG Elections: Ambode Votes In Epe

Lagos, Ikoyi, Lekki, Victoria Island
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The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has cast his vote in Epe, Lagos State.

Ambode voted at about 9:30 am at Unit O33, Ward 6, Ogunmodede Junior and Senior College, Epe.

The local government election is expected to usher in new chairmen and councillors in the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas (LCDAS) across the state.

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Although LASIEC had announced that voting will commence at 8:00 am, it was yet to commence in many units at the set time as a result of rainfall, an early morning rush as well as traffic.

The rain led to flooding in some areas in Surulere which has kept residents indoors.

Lagos LG Elections: Live Updates

The people of Lagos State are electing their leaders at the grassroots level for the first time in about five years.

The local government election is expected to usher in new chairmen and councillors in the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas (LCDAS) across the state.

LASIEC had announced that voting will open at 8 am. It also said it will announce results of the July 22 local council polls at ward collation centres.

However, rainfall and an early morning rush and traffic have created a temporary setback.

The morning rain led to flooding in some areas as captured in the images below from Surulere.

Lagos LG Election: Police Warn Politicians, Residents Against Violence

I Never Said A Rally Cannot Be Held – Lagos CP

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9:00 am: As of 9 am, electoral officials were seen setting up for the election in several polling units, one hour after voting was scheduled to start.

9:02 am: Slow start at GRA Primary School, Adekunle Fajuyi Road, Maryland. Electoral workers are still setting up.

9:15 am: A gridlock at the Berger end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, worsens leaving many motorists that have hoped to dash in and out of the state ahead of the election stranded. The gridlock which result of a blockade by the police is also preventing journalists expected to cover the election from going about their business.

9:24 am: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is expected to cast his vote at Ogunmodede Junior and Senior College, Epe.

Ambode Swears In LASIEC Commissioners, DG Safety Commission
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Lagos LG Election: What You Need To Know

9:33 am: Governor Ambode votes at Unit O33, Ward 6, Ogunmodede Ogunmodede Junior and Senior College, Epe.

10:24 am: Accreditation and voting now ongoing in many polling units.

10:27 am: There has been a face-off between police and some voters at the GRA Primary school in the Maryland area of Lagos.

11:00 am: Low turnout at Polling Unit 12 A, Lekki Scheme 1

11:07 am: Accreditation and voting yet to commence at Afariogun Ward, Unit 070,071 and 072

11:20 am: Activities yet to commence at Etiosa Polling Unit 012. No LASIEC Officials was at the unit.

11:26 am: Low turnout at Iru Victoria Island LCDA Polling Unit 18 and 18A.

11:41 am: Accreditation and voting yet to commence at Ajao Estate Ward G, Unit 006

12:04 pm: The turnout of voters in Lekki was low with few voters seen in some polling units. At Polling Unit 15 in Ward E of Lekki scheme 1, not a single voter was present by 12 pm.

12:17 pm: Voting is ongoing in Isolo.

12:51 pm: Accreditation and voting are ongoing in Ward A Etiosa LGA polling unit 4.

Voting was delayed in some polling units in the area, especially at Etiosa Polling Unit 012, where no activity had commenced as of 11:00 am and no LASIEC Officials was present at the unit.

12:59 pm: National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has voted at Unit 26, Ward F, Alausa.

1:31 pm: The low turnout witnessed in Lekki extended to parts of Victoria Island. For instance, at Crescent E, 1004 Flats, less than 10 people had voted at Polling Unit 034 when our reporter visited past 1:00 pm.

Lagos LG Election: What You Need To Know

2:20 pm: Low turnout characterised the local government poll in FESTAC. FESTAC Ward C, the largest in the area, had one of the lowest turnouts there.

2:23 pm: Many polling units in FESTAC are now preparing for the counting of votes.

2:47 pm: Obalende witnesses large turnout despite the rain

Mr David Adodo, who said he is from the Ikoyi/Obalende LCDA, said the turnout was because people had waited for a long time.

“We thank God people are turning out en masse for this election. We thank the Government of Lagos State for this encouragement and we appreciate the governor for the conducive atmosphere. We have been waiting for this grassroots election for a very long time,” he said.

Mr David Ododo

He said the rain did not discourage people from participating in the exercise in Obalende because they had been waiting for the election for a very long time.

3:00 pm: Voting comes to an end at many polling units across the state. LASIEC had said that voting will open at 8 am and close at 3 pm, but voting did not start early in many areas.

3:26 pm: The counting of votes has started in many polling units. LASIEC had said it will announce results of the polls at ward collation centres.

3:43 pm: Sorting begins on Lagos Island.

3:49 pm: Counting ongoing at GRA Primary School, Adekunle Fajuyi way, Ikeja.

3:52 pm: Results are being announced in Isolo.

4:12 pm: Counting of votes is ongoing on the Lagos Island.