Justice Afolabi Adbul-Fatai Adeyinka (Retd), Chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral  Commission (LASIEC), has said that the body has the constitutional power to create  additional polling units and delineation of wards

Adeyinka stated this at a stakeholders forum on wards delineation and creation of  additional polling units in Lagos State, held at the secretariat of the Shomolu Local  Government Area, recently.

He stated that the commission is empowered to carry out the exercise by the constitution  of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Lagos State Independent Electoral Law, 2008, Section  3, Local Government (Administration) Law 1999 as amended, Local Government Administration  (Amendment) Law 2003 and the Local Government Administration (Amendment) Law 2006.

He cited population contiguity, geography and cultural affinity as criteria for creating  additional polling units and delineating the wards.

He said the forum is to enable the commission know the local governments in the state  that would deserve additional polling units and wards. This, he said ,could only be done  through the memorandum submitted by the stakeholders at the forum and through the  commission’s visit to the area.

He assured Lagosians of making the findings of the commission public, at the end of the  forum.

Speaking at the event, Hon. Gbolahan Bagostowe and Akeem Sulaiman, Chairmen Somolu Local  Government Area and Bariga Local Council Development Area, Lagos, Nigeria, respectively,  commended LASIEC for initiating the forum.

Hon Sulaiman, chairman, Bariga LCDA, said that apart from bringing government to the  doorsteps of people at grassroots, the exercise would serve as catalyst for adequate  representation in government.

—Paul Sanusi