Ahead of the July 22 Lagos State Local Governments elections, candidates contesting for elective posts into the 57 Local Governments, Local Council Development Areas of the state on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).
The pact is to ensure peaceful conduct of the forthcoming elections billed to hold on Saturday.
LASIEC, in a statement signed by its Director, Public Affairs, Oladapo Olatunde stated that the Memorandum of Understanding is also intended to provide a clear understanding of the roles of political parties in the resolution of both the pre and post-election disputes in the on-going electoral process in the state.
“The Memorandum of Understanding also spells out the code of conduct the political parties and their candidates are expected to fully abide with.
“Under the MoU, political parties and their candidates are expected to cooperate with law enforcement agents to ensure safety and security of election materials, election officials, party agents and the electorate on the day of the election.
“It also precludes political parties from fraudulently procuring election results and votes and forcibly occupying polling stations and collation centres, manipulation of ballot boxes or result sheets.”
LASIEC posited that, political parties are also required to refrain from the destruction of electoral materials or any property belonging to the Commission or encouraging their supporters to cast more than one vote or encouraging supporters to vote in the name of another person in contravention of section 66(1) LASIEC Law 2008 as amended.
“In addition, the MoU also refrains political parties and their candidates from buying votes or offering bribe, gift, reward, gratification or any other monetary or material consideration to voters or electoral officials in contravention of section 68(1)and (2) 69(a)-c and 70 (1) (a-h)LASIEC Law 2008 as amended.
“It also precludes political parties and their candidates from canvassing for votes within the vicinity of a polling station on polling day in contravention of the relevant sections of the law establishing the Commission.
“On the other hand, the Commission is required to provide a level playing ground for all political parties and their candidates for the elections,” it said.
It will be recalled that the Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips, had announced during a meeting held by the Commission with leaders of political parties and their candidates contesting for elective posts in the July 22 Local Government elections in the State that the candidates would be made to sign an undertaking with the Commission as part of the efforts of the Commission to guarantee peaceful conduct of the elections.