The Chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips has warned Electoral Officers to be fair, transparent, professional and exhibit the fear of God in the discharge of their duties as election managers ahead of the forthcoming Local Government elections in the State, July 22.
Hon. Justice Phillips gave the warning while addressing the Electoral Officers deployed to the 57 Local Governments/ Local Council Development Areas of the State at the office of the Commission in Yaba, Lagos. She reiterated the commitment of the LASIEC to ensure free, fair and credible elections, stressing that the Commission would not entertain any malpractices, especially the manipulation of the electoral process in favor of political party or candidate.
She pointed out that the Commission has the responsibility of dictating the pace and showing others the right way of conducting elections, noting however that “the only way to do this is to demonstrate the fear of God by doing what is right”.
While noting that she was aware of the fact that politicians might want to tempt the Electoral Officers with “offers” to do whatever they want, Phillips added that the politicians would only use whoever obliged and later dump them after achieving their objectives. Phillips reminded the Officers that as Public Servants, many of them still have a long way to go and must not allow anyone to lure them into actions that could truncate their career in the Public Service.
Justice Phillips also assured the Officers that the Commission would pay them all allowances due to them and not deprive anyone of their legitimate entitlements, noting, however, that she would not hesitate to let the full weight of the law descend on anyone who might attempt to sabotage the efforts of the Commission to conduct a free, fair and credible election.
In a related development, the Chairman has also stated that the recent redeployment of some of the Electoral Officers was done to address some administrative needs of the Commission.
Phillips appealed to affected Electoral Officers to cooperate with their successors and ensure a seamless transition of duties.