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By Ebunoluwa Sessou

The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed the State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC (Amendment) Bill, 2021 for passage into Law.

Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa on Monday, passed the bill Having gone through its first, second and third reading at the plenary.

Obasa stated that: “The Election process of the Local Government and LASIEC which has started with the Parties contesting for the position is possibly affecting the tenure of the existing LASIEC Officials and the State needs to be on the safe side, hence, the need to look at the laws and amend where necessary to protect the effort of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission.

“The Intended Bill will empower the Governor to elongate the tenure of the officials of LASIEC and I think the six month proposed is too wide in this consideration because we need to be ahead in order to protect the State, so I proposed three month.”

The Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Victor Akande, stressed that the amendment being proposed was needed to ensure the Bill gets the necessary backing in order to stand the test of time.

Akande stated: “Only a singular fraction of the Bill is amended; the Bill also seeks to give the Governor the leverage to be able to use his power in case the tenure lapses. It is a good amendment in the right direction.”

Other members who made contributions, noted that the proposed amendment is a worthy one because the House and its democratic dispensation must ensure that it abides by the rule of Law.

The only addition is subsection 2 of the extant Law which provides for legislation that will necessitate the extension of the tenure of the Electoral Commission to perform it duties is however proposed to be amended since the Constitution states that no part of the people from the Commission shall administer themselves as democratically elected among the selection in the electoral process.

In a related development, the House adopted the recommendations of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC on a Bill for a Law to Amend the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, CAP. A3 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The Chairman of the Committee, Akande, who presented the report stated that in compliance with order 85(3) of the harmonized Business, Rules and Standing Orders of the House, which mandate every committee to which a Bill has been Committed to ensure public participation during the consideration of same, the committee organised a-day Public Hearing on Thursday, 24th September, 2020 to seek inputs from stakeholders on the proposed amendments.

The committee observed the following recommendations; a person or a law enforcement officer who arrest in contravention, commits an offence and is liable for misconduct, a police officer or law enforcement officer making an arrest or to whom an arrested person is handed over to by a private person, shall record and sign an inventory of the particulars of all times\properties recovered from the arrested persons.

Obasa, thereafter directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Barr. Olalekan Onafeko to forward a clean copy to the state Governor for assent into Law.

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