In continuation of its working tour of local governments/local council development areasÂ in respect of delineation of wards and creation of additional polling units towards theÂ 2011 general elections, the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC recentlyÂ paid a working visit to Surulere LGA where it held a stakeholders’ meeting withÂ representatives of the three councils in the area which include Itire-Ikate andÂ Coker-Aguda LCDAs.
Delivering a keynote address at the forum, the chairman of LASIEC, Hon. Justice AfolabiÂ Olayinka stated that the purpose of the exercise is to address the requests from variousÂ communities in Lagos State for delineation of wards and creation of addition pollingÂ units, mainly because new communities have been springing up in Lagos State as a resultÂ of the rapid urbanisation and they are being denied effective and adequateÂ representation. In addition, some wards are not contiguous, which follows that new wardsÂ may be created out of the existing LGA/LCDA, while also some councils may need moreÂ polling units.
Justice Olayinka added that the commission earmarked four days for each LGA/LCDA, whileÂ some may require more days but in all, there would be presentation of requests, visits toÂ problematic areas, community meeting with stakeholders and harmonisation of allÂ presentations and findings.
Representatives of communities in the three council areas presented their requests andÂ demanded for more wards and additional polling units in all the council areas.
In their address, the council chairmen Dr. Razak Folami, Surulere LG; Hon. HakeemÂ Bamgbola, Itire-Ikate and Hon. Aliu Kazeem, Coker-Aguda LCDAs, all commended theÂ commission for its effort and urged the communities to cooperate with the commission,Â because it is also an avenue to disseminate information and prepare members of the publicÂ towards the 2011 election.