Chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips, has commended residents of the state on their conduct during the recently held government election across the state.
Philips also commended the leaders of the various political parties, their members and other stakeholders who took part in the poll last Saturday.
Her commendation is contained in a statement issued by the commission’s media office on Monday.
“Her Ladyship also pointed out that in fulfillment of her pledge at different fora prior to the day of the elections that the Commission would provide a level playing field, the Commission worked tirelessly to guarantee fairness and justice for all the Political Parties and their candidates.”
The statement added that “She also expressed satisfaction at the spirit of camaraderie and brotherhood displayed by the agents of political parties at the different Polling Units where she and members of the Forum of State Independent Electoral Commissions of Nigeria (FOSIECON) monitored the elections, stressing that “this is the right way to go if we really desire development and growth in the various communities of the State”.”
While admitting that voting started late in some Polling Units, a situation she attributed to early morning downpour which she said was beyond the control of the Commission.
She added that the “early morning downpour hindered the deployment of both the human and material resources required for the conduct of the elections in some areas and naturally slowed down the pace at which the Commission would have loved to move”.
“Hon. Justice Phillips further explained that the flooding experienced around some Polling Units as a result of the rain compounded the challenge as some Polling Units had to be relocated to guarantee the safety of the Electorate, the Polling Officials and the materials for the elections.”