Home > Government > Exclusive: Find out why LASIEC will not use card readers for council polls

Exclusive: Find out why LASIEC will not use card readers for council polls

The Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) Justice Ayotunde Phillips retd has revealed that biometric card readers used in the 2015 general elections across the country will not be used during the much anticipated Lagos State council polls scheduled to hold in July 2017.

Justice Phillips retd made the disclosure during InsideMainland engagement programme, #InsideMainlandEngage. It was the first tweetchat by the commission.

According to her, card readers will not be used in the council elections as it will create additional cost to the Commission. “Unfortunately, we are unable to do so (use card readers) in these elections. It is additional expenses (to the Commission) and there is not enough time to train adhoc staff by INEC (to use the machines),” she told InsideMainland.

The Chairman however suggested that the card readers might be adopted in the next LG elections saying “we will be prepared for the next election.”

Commenting on the measures put in place to ensure safety of voters, Justice Phillips retd said “LASIEC have put in place processes that will help to ensure that we can hold free, fair and credible elections in Lagos state.”

She added that “we are working closely with the security agencies and stakeholders in deploying the necessary personnel in ensuring safety of materials, staff and the polity.”

Commenting on the readiness of LASIEC towards staging a successful, free and fair elections, Justice Phillips retd stressed that “LASIEC is very ready for the upcoming elections. It (free and fair election) is all I have ever promised and I am focused on delivering just that.”

The highly anticipated council polls to elect officers into various positions in the 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs is billed to hold on Saturday, July 22, 2017.



Idris Aina
Idris is a media and communications professional with keen attention to details. An entertainment enthusiast, he is an ardent fan of the team from the Red Side of Manchester with love for football banters. He tweets with the handle @arlomah.