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Lagos Assembly amends electoral law to prevent Kogi conundrum

29 February 2016, 12:03

Lagos - The Lagos State House of Assembly has taken a bold step to amend the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) Law 2008 in order to prevent a recurrence of the  Kogi State debacle, reports Thisday.

The amendment according to the House was specifically designed to avoid what happened in Kogi State in December 2015 when the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Audu Abubakar died.

Audu had died just hours before the collation of the results of the election.

Also read: APC governorship candidate in Kogi dies

His death prompted a legal tussle between his running mate, James Faleke, and his party on who takes his place.

Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Funmilayo Tejuosho, said the LASIEC law passed in 2008, was being amended to forestall any of such incidents that befell Kogi State during the election.

The amendment says 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.”

The amendment, which was reviewed by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade contained nine sections

- News 24


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