Chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), retired Justice Ayodele Phillips, says Saturday’s councillorship results would be declared at ward collation centres, while results for the chairmanship would be declared at the local government collation centres.
“The only condition that may warrant the declaration of the results outside of the collation centres is if it is discovered that the environment is not safe,” she said at a news conference in Lagos on Friday.
“I wish to reiterate that the commission will provide a level playing field for all political parties and their candidates.
“The commission shall remain committed to its responsibilities of conducting free, fair and credible elections.
“Nobody, therefore, has any cause to entertain any fear or doubt on the neutrality of the commission as an electoral umpire at the local government level of the state.
“We are very much aware of our responsibilities as provided for in the relevant enabling laws”, she added.
Phillips confirmed that LASIEC had already moved all non-sensitive electoral materials to the 20 Local Government Areas and 37Local Council Development Areas.
Philips reiterated that the restriction of movement from 7am to 3pm was to ensure order and impressive participation in the polls.
She announced that accreditation of voters and the actual voting would commence simultaneously at 8am.
The chairman urged residents to vote for candidates of their choice and appealed to candidates and supporters to conduct themselves peacefully and shun acts of violence during and after the election.