Bye-elections: Lagos East has about 1.4m registered voters —INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says no fewer than 1.4 million registered voters will participate in the Oct. 31 bye-elections of the Lagos East Senatorial District.

INEC spokesman, Mr. Femi Akinbiyi, stated this in an interview with the newsmen in Lagos on Monday.

Akinbiyi added that 280,363 registered voters from Kosofe State Constituency II would participate in the Lagos State House of Assembly’s bye-elections, holding the same day.

According to him, not all the registered voters are, however, in possession of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to participate in the elections.

He said that the registered voters in the Lagos East Senatorial District spread across the five local government areas comprising: Somolu, Kosofe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu and Epe.

He said that the registered voters for the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election are spread across the six Registration Areas (Wards) located in: Ketu-Alapere, Ikosi/Ketu, Isheri/Olowo-Ora, Agboyi I, Agboyi II and Odo-Ogun/Ajegunle.

Candidates from 12 political parties will be contesting in the forthcoming Lagos East Senatorial bye-elections.

Eight candidates from various political parties will also be contesting the Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly bye-elections.

The contestants for the senatorial elections are: Muyiwa Adebanjo, Action Alliance (AA); Ms Mercy Adeoye, African Action Congress (AAC) and John Kome, African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Others are: Adebowale Ogunlaru, Action Democratic Party (ADP); Adetokunbo Abiru, All Progressives Congress (APC); Olusola Babatope, Allied Peoples Movement (APM); Mrs Florence Trautman, Labour Party (LP) and Ms Adijat Lawal, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

The rest are: Babatunde Gbadamosi, People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Olakunle Adisa, National Rescue Movement (NRM); Saheed Aluko, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Taiwo Temitope, Young Progressive Party (YPP).

The eight contestants for the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election are: John Akerele, AA; Sadiq Olawale, AAC; Wasiu Saheed, APC; Adekunle Oladapo, LP; Muyideen Agoro, NNPP; Ademorin Adelaja, NRM; Sikiru Alebiosu, PDP and Mrs Mary Abojeh, ADC.

The two bye-elections, slated for Oct. 31, became necessary following the demise of the former occupants.