LASIEC extends date for political party primaries

Information reaching InsideMainland has it that the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) has extended the date for the primaries meant to present candidates for political parties in Lagos ahead of the forthcoming council polls.
The extension was contained in statement where LASIEC indicated the amendment in the conduct of party primaries by political parties in Lagos.
With the amendment, conduct of party primaries by political parties for aspirants for the Chairmanship, Vice Chairmanship, and Councillorship seats of the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the State is now expected to commence on Monday, 17th April, 2017 and end on Thursday, 25th May, 2017.
InsideMainland learnt that the decision of the Commission to extend the period for the conduct of party primaries by one week was in response to an appeal made by leaders of political parties in the State during a meeting organised by the Commission.
During the meeting attended by State Chairmen and Secretaries of political parties, the parties had requested the Commission to give them more time for the conduct of their primaries, a request the Commission promised to consider.
You would recall that LASIEC in its election timetable published in dailies on Friday, April 7, 2017, indicated that the council elections into Chairmanship and councilorship positions across the LGs/LCDAs will hold on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
Meanwhile, LASIEC has also released the Guidelines for the conduct of the 2017 Local Government elections in the State.
The Guidelines which were presented to the party leaders by the Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips, spelt out the types of forms: LASIEC 001, LASIEC 002 and LASIEC 008 which political parties are expected to obtain for their candidates from the Commission between Tuesday, 18th April, and Friday, 26th May, 2017.
Also contained in the Guidelines are the administrative charges to be paid by political parties on behalf of their candidates.
According to the Guidelines, political parties are expected to pay N100, 000.00 on behalf of each Chairmanship aspirant, N75,000.00 for each Vice-chairmanship Candidate and N50,000.00 for each Councillorship aspirant and the money is expected to be paid into any commercial bank in favour of Lagos State Government with Revenue Code: 4130003 and Agency Code:4080002 while the teller and electronic receipt collected from the bank are to be presented to the Commission for the collection of the stipulated forms.
The Guidelines also list copies of the documents each of the candidates is expected to attach to his/her completed form before submitting the form to the Commission.
The documents include curriculum vitae, birth certificate or sworn affidavit of age, party membership card, candidate’s voter registration card, evidence of educational qualification, Lagos State Residents Registration Agency {LASRRA} card and tax clearance certificate for three years.

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