The Lagos State Government, on Sunday announced restriction of vehicular movement across the state to allow for a smooth conduct and unhindered participation in the elections holding across the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) on Saturday, July 22.
A statement by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the restriction of movement will be between 8am and 2pm, urging residents cast their votes in a peaceful and orderly manner for Chairmen and councilors who are expected to drive development at the third tier of government.
The restriction, he continued, will allow the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the security agencies distribute electoral materials early, while ensuring the sanctity of free and fair electoral process that will produce a new set of public officers for the next four years at the local government level.
“The police and other security agencies are ready to ensure that the electioneering campaign and the voting on Saturday are conducted smoothly without public disturbance. Every political party, candidates and their supporters and the general public are hereby assured of safety throughout the period of voting and collation.
“However, the government solicits the cooperation of voters and the general public by obeying the restriction order and the general electoral rules in order to ensure a peaceful conduct before, during and after the elections,” Ayorinde said.
The state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, the statement added, urged Lagosians to perform their civic obligations by trooping out with their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) “to once again demonstrate their belief in the tenets of participatory democracy and the importance of development at the local government level.”