The Lagos State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has allayed  the fear of opposition parties in the state that the location of some of its offices in a  number of council secretariats would affect free and fair conduct of the coming elections.

The clarification came on the heels of complaints by some parties that the commission’s  offices ought to be moved out of the council secretariats to avoid being compromised by the  ruling party in the state.

They alleged that currently 14 out of the 20 INEC-recognised local government areas in the  state host its offices while the other six are located outside the councils.

Adekunle Ogunmola, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC),stated in an interview with  P.M.NEWS on Thursday said that only 11 out of its 20 offices are located within council  complexes while the other nine are in the INEC prototype offices across the state. He  explained that there was plan to move the offices out of council secretariats but that could  only be possible after the election.

According to him, the focus for now is on how to handle matters of urgent importance such as  voter register so as to have credible elections. “There is plan to relocate the offices but  it will not be immediately because it is not easy to move overnight but the chairman is  seriously working on that; he is the one that will approach the government.


“It is not possible to move before the elections,” he stated.

He, however, assured that no local government staff would be engaged during the elections,  rather the commission would use members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), staff  of federal establishments in the state and members of the academia among others that could  be easily known and verified.

—Paul Sanusi