IFES Trains LASIEC on Election Administration

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has
fulfilled its promise to partner with the Lagos State Independent
Electoral Commission (LASIEC) on capacity building as IFES, in
collaboration with the Commission organized a three-day course on Election Administration Orientation for the Chairman, Commissioners and Management Staff of the Commission

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the course which was held at De-Renaissance Hotel, Alausa, Ikeja, the Chairman of the Commission, Hon- Justice Afolabi Abdul- Fatai Adeyinka, expressed satisfaction that the partnership of IFES with the Commission in organizing  the course was “a confirmation of the efforts of the Commission to enter into partnership with credible organizations and  institutions  with a view to further enhance the electoral process at the Local Government levels in the State has started yielding the desired result”.

Hon Justice Adeyinka noted that by collaborating with the LASIEC in organising the course, IFES had given a practical demonstration of its resolve to assist the Commission in its quest to improve on the conduct of elections into the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas of Lagos State.

The Chairman assured IFES that the Commission was fully prepared to ensure that the partnership with the organization achieve the objective of enhancing the credibility of elections into the Local Government Councils of the State, stressing that the Commission would continue to strive to ensure transparency, fairness and strict adherence to due process in all its activities.

He also disclosed that the State House of Assembly had also set
machinery in motion to review some sections of the LASIEC Law 2008 with a view to empowering the Commission for better performance.

Adeyinka added that the Commission would soon embark on training and retraining of electoral personnel, including the staff of the Commission and ad-hoc staff to be engaged for the conduct of elections into the Local Government Councils of the State.

He explained that the decision of the Commission in this regard was informed by the discovery that many of the challenges encountered in the process of the conduct of previous elections which resulted into litigations against the LASIEC were as a result of inadequate knowledge of relevant laws and rules guiding the conduct of the elections by the personnel.

He also revealed that the Commission would soon embark on the
sensitization of different stakeholders as part of its continuous
civic education programmes to educate the people on the roles they are expected to play in the electoral process.

While appealing to other credible international organizations and
institutions to partner with the Commission on some of its programmes, Adeyinka commended IFES for supporting the Commission.

It will be recalled that IFES had promised to collaborate with the
Commission on some of its programmes when a team of officials from the Foundation visited the Commission last year.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is a United States- based organization operating in over 100 countries of the world, including Nigeria, providing support for the entrenchment of democracy and democratic values.


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