The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given a tentative date of September 16, to conduct a bye election into the vacant Eti-Osa Constituency I seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly.The INEC Administrative Secretary, Dr Mudashiru Mustapha, disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos on Friday.
The bye election was prompted as a result of the death of Late Hon. Kazeem Alimi, a second term lawmaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, who represented Eti-Osa Constituency I. He died on July 18, at the age of 50.The late lawmaker, who was also the Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Community Affairs, passed on at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).Mustapha said that the proposed date was chosen after taking into consideration the activities of the commission across the country and the Eid-Kabir holidays.
He said the commission was also guided by the Electoral law which stipulated that the bye election be conducted within 30 days of receiving an official notice of the death of the lawmaker.”We officially received the notification of the death of Hon. Alimi on Wednesday. That is why we called this meeting to jointly decided a date for a bye election to fill the vacant position.”We are proposing Saturday, Sept. 16. Although it is still tentative. once we agree, we notify the headquarters for final approval after which we roll out the timetable for political parties to start preparations for the election.
”On our part as a commission, we have notified security agencies, written to the National Youth Service Corps to provide us with ad hoc staff, we need to hold trainings and put other logistics in place to ensure a successful bye election.”The date might not be too convenient, but I’m appealing to political parties and other stakeholders to work it out, ” he said.Reacting, Rev. Solomon Orji, Lagos State Chairman, Green Party of Nigeria appealed that the date be extended to allow political parties prepare and participate adequately in the election.”The timing is too short to allow about 22 political parties prepare for the bye election. We are appealing for an extension, ” Orji said.
In his views, Mr Akin Badmus, State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Movement said that the electoral law should be adhered to since it stipulated that a bye election be held within 30 days.Mr Kola Ajayi, State Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) urged the commission to give the council 24 hours to mobilise all the political parties and discuss the proposed date.
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