Lagos Bye-election: Majority Leader speaks on INEC’s conduct of poll
Sanai Agunbiade, Majority Leader of Lagos State House of Assembly, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over the conduct of the ongoing Senatorial Bye-election in the state.
Agunbiade said that INEC has significantly improved in the conduct of elections in Nigeria.
He disclosed this to newsmen after casting his vote at polling unit 043 at Grammar School, Aga/Ijomu area of Ikorodu.
“People are exercising their franchise peacefully and people are obeying Social distance while voting,” the lawmaker said.
Lagos East bye-election: Atmosphere peaceful as poll commences
Voting commenced peacefully on Saturday in the Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe Constituency 2 by-elections amidst low voter turnout in the affected five local government areas of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the voters comported themselves in orderly manner with adequate security while some observed COVID-19 protocols.
INEC officials reported on duty and voting commenced at about 8:30 a.m in most poling units across Lagos East Senatorial District comprising Somolu, Kosofe, Ikorodu, Epe and Ibeju-Lekki local government areas.
Few voters were on queue at most polling centres visited while electoral officers adorned face masks, but few of the voters complied with use of face mask.
In Ikorodu, police officers were seen at the polling centres protecting the voters and ensuring orderliness.
NAN reports that police mounted several roadblocks along the popular Ikorodu Road in attempt to enforce restriction of movement .
The police had earlier announced restriction of vehicular movement between 6.00a.m. and 6:30p.m. on Saturday in the affected five local government areas.
Residents of Lagos East Senatorial District and Kosofe 11 constituency will file out today to vote their next representatives at the National Assembly.
The battle is between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Gbadamosi Olatere Babatunde, popularly called BOG, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Tokunbo Abiru.
Recall that the State Police Command had ordered a restriction on movement between 6am and 6pm on Saturday for the election.
The restriction was to allow a smooth flow of the election.
However, those on election duties, essential services and accredited domestic and foreign election observers are allowed to move about.
The Local Governments Areas affected include the two legislative seats Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Kosofe and Somolu.