LASIEC shelves use of card reader for LG poll

The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission {LASIEC} says it will not make use of Card Reader machine in the conduct of the forthcoming Local Government elections in the state.

Chairman of the Commission, Justice Ayotunde Phillips (Rtd), who disclosed this at a meeting with political party stalwarts ahead of the election, said Card Reader machine would not be used because the law setting up the commission had no provision for the use of the machine for the conduct of its elections.

She, however, promised that the commission would have to amend its law after the forthcoming election to accommodate the use of electronic machines in future elections.

However, the commission has amended the notice of election it earlier issued on the conduct of elections into the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the State.

With the amendment, conduct of party primaries by political parties for aspirants for the Chairmanship, Vice Chairmanship, Councillorship seats of the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the State is now expected to commence on Monday, 17th April, 2017 and end on Thursday, 25th May, 2017.

The decision of the commission to extend the period for the conduct of party primaries by one week was in response to an appeal made by leaders of political parties in the State during a meeting organised by the commission.

During the meeting attended by State Chairmen and Secretaries of political parties, the parties had requested the Commission to give them more time for the conduct of their primaries, a request the Commission promised to consider.

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