LAGOS ASSEMBLY AMENDS STATE ELECTORAL COMMISSION LAW, ONE MONTH TO COUNCIL ELECTION.
Uploaded by Yemisi Dada on June 22, 2021
Members of Lagos State Assembly have amended a portion of the law creating the state’s Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC.
Our assembly correspondent reports that the lawmakers created a subsection for Section 2 of the existing law, thereby granting the state Governor the power to extend the tenure of the commission based on exigencies.
Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Sanai Agunbiade who led the debate for the review, informed his colleagues that the amendment was permitted by the existing law.
The chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Mr. Victor Akande, explained that the amendment became expedient to ensure that the process leading to the effective conclusion of the local government election slated for next month was not hampered as a result of the soon-to-end tenure of the members of LASIEC.
While suggesting a reduction of the time frame for the extension from six to three months, the Speaker, Chief Mudashiru Obasa also opined that the request for such extension should be subject to approval by the House.
The suggestions were put to a voice vote and it was unanimously supported by those sitted.
The speaker subsequently directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to pass the clean copy of the bill to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his assent.