By Godfrey Bivbere
After months of failed attempts to conduct elections into the various chapter of the Western Zone of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, the freight forwarding group is set to hold elections into it various chapter in the zone next Tuesday.
Chairman of the Association Electoral Commission (ASCO), Prince Olayiwola Shittu, said that the elections would be held simultaneously in Tin-can Island, Apapa, Lilypond, Kiririki Lighter Command, Seme, Airport and Idi-iroko chapters.
According to Shittu, â€œWe have given everybody free and fair opportunity to participate. The Associationâ€™s Electoral Commission, ASECO has handed down a stern warning that if you donâ€™t have this document or that, go get it.
Weâ€™re not rigid, but weâ€™ll not compromise or undermine due process, and when we disqualify you, we give reasons for doing that.â€
He further noted that â€œThrough this election, weâ€™ve made our people paid their taxes to government, while many have gone to CAC to ensure their documentation are in order, because weâ€™re looking beyond the present where our members can have clean records to vie for any political position when they so wish.â€
Asked whether there would be external observers during the elections, the ASCO Chairman pointed out that in the last election where he also served as Chairman, â€œWe invited MARAN to come and serve as observers but at the last minute they turned us down saying they donâ€™t want to get involved in dirty politics of ANLCA. But at the end, when they saw the success of the elections, they were asking us, how did we do it.â€
It is not going to be different this time around, we invited the police to ensure the security of both the voters, the aspirants and every other person that will be present at the election venue.