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Candidates for Lagos by-elections sign peace pact

Candidates for the Lagos East Senatorial District and Kosofe II House of Assembly bye-elections have signed a peace pact, at a stakeholders meeting organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Lagos, on Friday.

State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun, expressed readiness to conduct a free, fair and credible by-elections.

He called for support to fight electoral violence, vote buying and ballot snatching.

Mr Olumekun also charged stakeholders to mobilise their supporters, to come out en masse, to exercise their franchise.

The commission’s head of ICT, Mr. Muyiwa Yusuf said the new technology, Zpad, introduced in Edo and Ondo States elections, would be used to address challenges of collation, transmission and declaration of results.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Commissioner for Police, Hakeem Odumosu, assured residents of adequate security.

The Police Boss, said there would be restriction of movement to ensure a hitch free election.

The bye-elections following the death of Senator Bayo Osinowo and State Assembly member, Tunde Buraimo early this year.

Amongst those, who signed the peace accord are candidates of the APC, Tokunbo Abiru and Babatunde Gbadamosi of the People’s Democratic Party.

Wahab Akinlade

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