OrderPaperToday- Lagos State House of Assembly has started moves to amend the state’s Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) Law, 2008, in hopes to avoid “unforeseen situations that could stoke a political crisis and legal battle.”

The lawmakers said the amendment specifically became imperative designed to prevent the crisis that happened in Kogi State in December 2015 when the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Audu Abubakar died immediately his election win was announced. The amendment would also accommodate permanent voter cards (PVCs) in the new regime.

Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions Mrs. Funmilayo Tejuosho provided details of the amendment at a stakeholders meeting on Saturday.

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She explained that the rules “must be dynamic. It must be reviewed from time to time just like laws. PVC is a new development that has to be included in our laws. It is important to note that the Kogi State gubernatorial debacle was not envisaged in the constitution and Electoral Act.

“We have to continue to amend our laws and we have tried to put that in our amendment. The amendment of the law would reduce cases in the courts because when the law is clear, you don’t have to go for the interpretation of the law.

“We have to ensure that laws are in place for local governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), especially while preparing for election which will happen soon, they must have laws that will guide them,” the chairman explained.

The amendment, which was reviewed by the Majority Leader of the House, Mr Sanai Agunbiade, contained nine sections. Also important in the amendment is the section stating that where a person duly elected as chairman of LGA/LCDA “dies before subscribing to oath of allegiance, the person elected with him as vice-chairman shall be sworn in as chairman.”




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