In what appears like a last minute race towards beating the statutory deadline before the State LG elections, LASIEC seems to have finally bowed to pressures from stakeholders to conduct the 2021 local government election in the State, ahead of the expiration of the incumbent tenure in July.
After months of speculations, the State Electoral body, has revealed its readiness to hold the much-anticipated election in the State.
The notice was contained in a statement by the LASIEC Chairman, Justice Ayotunde Phillips (Rtd), where she revealed that the elections into the offices of Chairmen, Vice Chairmen and Councillors in the 20 Lical Councils and 37 LCDAs would hold in July, 2021.
The statement reads: “LASIEC is committed to conducting a credible and inclusive elections and the Statutory Notice shall be published soon.”
Tenure of the incumbents, who have been in power since 2017, will expire in July and the state Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) had advised Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to make plans for a new elections.
IPAC chairman, James Adeshina, who spoke against the backdrop of insinuations that the State would not conduct council elections in 2021 since it was not provided for in the 2021 budget, said IPAC would not support the appointment of Sole Administrators or Caretaker committees when the tenure of the incumbents expires.
The notice of election comes few days after a factional leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the State, Hon Fuad Oki warned the electoral body of constitutional breach and dire consequence should it refused to issues a notice of election to political parties within the stipulated 90 days timeframe, which lapses on Thursday, 22nd April.