By Clifford Ndujihe
LAGOS â€” To ensure hitch-free local council polls next year, the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC, has commenced preparations for the elections.
In view of the increase in population and development of new areas since the last polls in October 2008, the electoral umpire is currently working on delineation and creation of additional polling units.
Currently, Lagos, Nigeriaâ€™s economic capital, has 8,465 polling units, 245 wards, 37 local council development areas, 20 local councils and 17 million inhabitants, according to state governmentâ€™s estimates.
The 57 chairmen were elected for a three-year tenure, which will end in November 2011.
On how the electoral commission was preparing for the exercise, Mr. Adegoke Otaru, LASIECâ€™s Public Relations Officer, said the commission was not resting on its oars and would make public what it had been doing on â€œdelineation and creation of more polling unitsâ€ next week.