Lagos East By-Elections: INEC Guarantees Security, Appeals to Voters to Shun Apathy

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Lagos State on Monday appealed to eligible voters to come out in their large numbers for the upcoming bye-elections on Saturday, December 5.

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State, Sam Olumekun, made the appeal during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, explaining that it became necessary in view of the voter apathy which usually characterise mid-season elections in the country.

He assured that adequate security arrangements had been put in place to ensure the safety of the electorates.

Olumekun said: “Our readiness in Lagos State to conduct yet another credible bye-elections cannot be doubted. We have the total support of all stakeholders for security.

“The Commissioner of Police and his counterparts in other security agencies have assured us of adequate deployment of men and officers to provide security and safety of voters, INEC staff and materials.

“We want to appeal to people to come out to cast their votes. Democracy is about people. It is only through people’s participation that it can deepen.

“So, people must avoid apathy, they must not opt out in this particular election. The problem of apathy is a major concern to us.

“We want to advise eligible voters in Somolu, Kosofe, Ikorodu, Epe and Ibeju-Lekki not to sit back and watch on election day.”

The INEC boss urged civil society groups and the political parties to also engage in mobilisation so that as many people as possible would come out and exercise their democratic franchise.

He said the security agents had promised to strictly follow the rules of engagement in elections and exhibit professionalism in the discharge of their duties before, during and after the election.

According to him, at least three security personnel will be deployed to man each of the 1,928 polling units located in the five component LGAs in the senatorial district.

Olumekun added that there would be restriction of vehicular movements in the affected areas, such that it would not cause pain to the people.

He said there would be enforcement of electoral laws and regulations, including COVID-19 prevention protocols as enunciated in INEC Policy on conducting elections in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.

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