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LG election: Lagos extends movement restriction

Lagos State on Wednesday announced the extension of the restriction of movement for the July 22, 2017 local government election, from 7am to 3pm.

The state government had earlier announced that the restriction would start from 8am till 2pm.

Steve Ayorinde, commissioner for information and strategy, in a fresh statement on Wednesday, said the restriction had to be slightly expanded to allow for a smooth conduct of the local government elections and unhindered participation.

He reiterated the call for a peaceful and orderly conduct by the electorates during the polls to usher in new chairmen and councillors in the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas of the state.

According to Ayorinde, the state government and security agencies will leave no stone unturned in ensuring a free and fair election, while ensuring safety of electoral officials and voters.

The commissioner also urged residents to be peaceful and orderly in casting and protecting their votes in their respective wards for chairmen and councillors who are expected to drive development at the third tier of government.

Ayorinde explained that as the election that would bring on board a new set of public officers for the next four years at the local government level, the restriction of movement will allow the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the security agencies to distribute electoral materials in good time and ensure a seamless electoral process.

“The police and other security agencies have been maintaining law and order since the commencement of campaign by political parties. They are poised to ensure that the voting on Saturday is conducted smoothly without public disturbance,” he said.

He added that all political parties, candidates and their supporters as well as the general public are assured of safety throughout the period of voting and collation.

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