The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) has distance itself from allegations of connivance with some leaders of political parties to manipulate the list of candidates for chairmanship and councillorship elections in the State.
The Chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Hon. Justice Ayotunde Philips disclosed this at a media forum organised by the Commission in their conference room of the Commission saying that the responsibility for the conduct of party primaries rests solely with the parties and not with the Commission.
According to her, the Commission is only expected to obtain the list of candidates selected through primary elections conducted by the political parties and observed by the Commission’s representatives.
Justice Phillips described reports published in the media accusing the Commission of connivance with some members of some political parties to impose unwanted candidates as absurd, untrue and ill-motivated.
Such reports, she said, were aimed at discrediting the Commission and the on-going electoral process at the Local Government Council level in the State.
Phillips reiterated that the Commission under her leadership strongly believes in the rule of law and due process and would not under any guise, interfere in the internal affairs of any of the political parties.
She urged all eligible voters to ensure participation in the electoral process at the grassroots level and promised that the forthcoming elections would be transparent, free, fair and credible.
She gave assurance that the Commission is irrevocably committed to democratic norms and ideals and shall leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the people’s votes count during the Saturday, 22nd, July 2017 election to be conducted by the commission.
The Chairman appealed to the media to remain patriotic and professional in reporting the activities of political parties and their candidates saying, “you must always be guided by truth, objectivity and ensure that your reports are balanced to guarantee peace and tranquillity during and after the elections”.