Friday September 24, 2021 1:21 PM

Lagos by-elections: 1,168,790 electorate expected to participate- INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State has disclosed that 1,168,790 voters are expected to participate in the December 5 Lagos East bye-elections.

The elections were earlier scheduled to hold on October 31, but had to be rescheduled to December 5 following the #EndSARS protest that paralysed some parts of Nigeria

The Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Sam Olumekun told NAN in Lagos on Tuesday said that the voters were those who possessed Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in the senatorial district.

The INEC boss, however, said that the district has 1,343,448 registered voters spread across 71 wards, 1,928 polling units and 188 voting points.

Olumekun added that 280,363 registered voters from Kosofe State Constituency II would participate in the Lagos State House of Assembly’s bye-election, holding the same day.

According to him, not all the registered voters are in possession of PVCs to participate in the elections.

The INEC boss said that the registered voters in the Lagos East Senatorial District spread across the five local government areas comprising Somolu, Kosofe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu and Epe.

He said that the registered voters for the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election were spread across the six wards located in Ketu-Alapere, Ikosi/Ketu, Isheri/Olowo-Ora, Agboyi I, Agboyi II and Odo-Ogun/Ajegunle.

Olumekun said that the commission had improved the training of electoral personnel and assured that the elections would be free, fair and credible.

He added that the commission had also been addressing some of the intractable challenges regarding functionality of new technological innovations for elections such as Smart Card Readers and Z-Pad.

The INEC boss said that the electoral umpire has been able to collate, transmit and declare results of recent elections more accurately and speedily, resulting in better outcome.

According to him, the latest technology, Z pad, which was introduced and used in recent elections, is designed to transfer results directly from the polling units to INEC portal.

He said that the picture of the result would be taken by the Presiding officers with the Z-pad from each polling unit and later transferred to the portal to further enhance the integrity of the poll.

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