Council Poll: Lagos Assembly Amends LASIEC Law

Our Reporter.

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday, July 17, 2017 amended the state’s electoral laws setting up the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) five days to the council elections.

The lawmakers passed into law the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission Amendment Bill 2017, which was given accelerated first, second and third readings.

Sections of the law that were amended included Section 28 and 62 (1)

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader, speaking at the plenary call for accelerated passage of the bill in accordance with section 101 of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria which empowers the various houses of assembly in the country to regulate its proceedings.

He also cited an existing order of the Lagos State’s House of Assembly which he noted empowered the House to abridge the time of passage of bills before it.

Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, said that the purpose of the amendment was to “create more participation in the electoral process as well as create flexibility for the commission to effectively carry out its duties.”

He subsequently directed the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr Azeez Sani, to do the needful by forwarding a clean copy of the bill to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, for his assent and eventual signing of the bill into law.

Other lawmakers also lend their voices to the amendments.

 

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