By Olasunkanmi Akoni

..As APC, PDP, hail LASIEC boss on preparation

The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC, has suspended its proposed guidelines for the 2017 Local Government Elections slated for July 22, 2017, for review, following deliberation with representatives of political parties in the state.

LASIEC Chairman, Justice Ayotunde Philips (Retd), announced this at a political stakeholders’ forum, Thursday, at the commission’s headquarters, Yaba, Lagos.

At the forum which had in attendance adequate representation across party affiliations, Philips explained that the review became necessary in order to accommodate all views as well ensure transparency in the process leading to the conduct of the much anticipated polls.

The guidelines which is expected to be made public not less than 90 days before the conduct of the poll, in accordance with the law, LASIEC boss said would be published in daily newspapers as soon as the review was completed. Some of the issues which generated heat and controversy in the proposed guidelines read before the stakeholders were; the administrative and nomination fees, the non use of electronic card reader, as well as the need for the extension of the conduct of party primaries which stakeholders strongly believed was too short for any meaningful exercise.

The various parties also called for the publication of Electoral bye-Law which stipulates functions and responsibilities of LASIEC in conducting council polls.

Earlier, Philips had read the proposed guidelines saying political parties are to pay administrative charges on the nomination processes of each of the candidates.

According to the guidelines, nomination for the chairman was slated to attract N150,000, Vice Chairman N100,000, while councilor was N75,000.

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