· Says new law will accommodate PVC

By Gboyega Akinsanmi and Femi Durojaiye

The Lagos State House of Assembly at the weekend explained rationales behind the ongoing amendment of the State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) Law, 2008, saying the amendment became imperative to prevent unforeseen situations that could stoke political crisis and legal battle.

The assembly, thus, said the amendment was specifically designed to avoid what happened in Kogi State in December 2015 when the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Audu Abubakar died and accommodate permanent voter cards (PVCs) in the new regime.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions & LASIEC, Hon. Funmilayo Tejuosho provided details of the amendment at a stakeholders meeting at the weekend, adding that it would avert future occurrence of what led to the crisis in Kogi State.

The amendment, which was reviewed by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade contained nine sections. But cogent in the amendment is the section, stating that where a person duly elected as chairman of LGA/LCDA “dies before subscribing to oath of allegiance, the person elected with him as vice chairman shall be sworn in as chairman.”