Justice Ayotunde Phillips, the Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), has reiterated its commitment to the conduct of credible, free and fair elections in the State, stressing that it is an impartial election management body consciously putting in place all the required machinery to achieve orderly elections.
He made this disclosure at a three-day pre-election retreat organised for staffers at Ikeja, and promised that the Commission will continue to build and sustain its integrity as an impartial body recognised for excellence in electoral administration and the sustenance of democracy.
The LASIEC boss said “the retreat, with the theme Electoral Integrity and Administration of Local Council Election, is essentially to review and evaluate our state of preparedness for the forthcoming Local Government elections, as the tenure of the elected Council officials in the State is gradually coming to an end”.
He further disclosed that the retreat would be in two batches, noting that the current batch comprises of the top echelon of the Commission, while the second batch would have in attendance other senior staff.
This, she said, is to ensure that the Commission’s officials are in tune with the modern realities of election administration and conduct.
While emphasising LAISEC’s readiness for the election, Justice Phillips, said that the Commission has inspected and ascertained the functionality of its offices in each Local Government Council, stressing that those below expectation are urgently receiving attention.
She further disclosed that the Commission has also invested in staff training and election observation missions both at local and international level.
“Similarly, we are exploring a new approach to ensure the health and safety of voters and election personnel during the poll in line with the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic”, she noted.
Justice Phillips also disclosed that non-sensitive materials have already been dispatched to remote areas with difficult terrains for logistic purposes, adding that the Commission’s new uncluttered and user-friendly website will soon be unveiled to further boost communication between the Commission and its various publics.
While assuring that LAISEC will continue to build and sustain its integrity as an impartial body, Justice Phillips urged Lagosians to perform their civic rights during the Local Government election.