Ikeja - The Lagos State Government on Monday said it could not for now determine when local government elections in the state would hold.
Ademorin Kuye , Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, made the statement at a news conference in Ikeja.
The commissioner was responding to a question on why Executive Secretaries were still in charge of councils after the expiration of the three-month provisional period for which they were appointed.
He said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had yet to provide all the needed materials for the election and a credible election could not hold without them.
The commissioner said that the government could not hold elections when no fewer than 400,000 PVCS had yet to be issued to eligible voters.
According to him, the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASEIC) cannot hold council elections as long as the state's voters’ register has not been released to it by INEC.
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Kuye said the 57 caretaker chairmen appointed for a provisional period of three months on January 6 would remain in their offices until INEC sorted out the issues and elections were held.
"I cannot say when the election will be conducted. You will agree with me that since the last registration when INEC gave us the PVCs, the entire PVCs have not been totally released.
"We still have some outstanding 400,000 left with the electoral commission. There is no way the state electoral commission, LASIEC, can conduct any election without having the appropriate voter register for the state.
"And this register is still in the custody of INEC. It has not been released to the state. The moment it is released to the Lagos State Government, then we can start planning on when the local government elections will be held," he said.
Kuye dismissed the belief in some quarters that the All Progressives Congress (APC) lost in some local governments because of the non-performance on council chiefs.
He said the party lost because so much money was thrown around by the opposition to buy the conscience of voters.
The commissioner said the APC was synonymous with performance, assuring that the party would win the areas it lost in the next election.