LASIEC AT A GLANCE: HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The establishment of State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) is provided for in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in section 197(1) : “There shall be established for each State of the Federation, the State Independent Electoral Commission whose composition and power are as set out in part 11 of the third schedule to this constitution”.
It is therefore in line with this Constitutional Provision that the Lagos State House of Assembly established the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) through Law No. 15 of November 27, 2001.The Commission was consequently inaugurated on 22nd January, 2002 by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the then Governor of Lagos State.
The Commission at inception, operated at the Women Development Centre, Agege and the Lagos State School of Nursing and Mid-wifery, Ikoyi, before it relocated to its present headquarters at 2, Birrel Avenue, Sabo-Yaba, on Monday, 15th April, 2002.
Composition of the Commission
The law establishing the Commission provides for the Chairman and six Commissioners appointed for a five-year tenure. The Chairman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission and also the Chief Electoral Officer while the Permanent Secretary is the Accounting Officer. The tenure of the first Commission appointed in 2002, expired in 2007 while the second Commission was inaugurated on 18th May, 2007.The tenure of the second Commission ended on 17th May, 2012 while the third, was inaugurated on 18th May, 2012 with the re-appointment of the Chairman and four Commissioners for another tenure of five years.