Activities in the hub of Africa’s number one economic city were paralysed on Saturday as Lagos residents visit the polling unit in droves to elect their chairpersons and councillors across the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas.
Recall, the State Government on Wednesday extended the restriction of movement across the State, adding that it had been slightly expanded and will now be enforced between 7 am and 3pm as against the 8am and 2pm it had earlier announced on Sunday.
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It is understood that a total of 12 political parties presented candidates for the chairmanship and councillorship positions in the election.
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The parties include Accord Party (AP), Action Alliance (AA), Alliance for Democracy (AD), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), and Kowa Party (KP).
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Others are Labour Party (LP), United Democratic Party (UDP), United Progressive Party (UPP), National Action Council (NAC), and Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).
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Predictably a two-horse race between the ruling party in the state, the APC, and the PDP; the in-fighting within the two parties in the state has opened the window for the other contenders to give a shot at winning the race, Premium Times reports.
According to the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), the results of the chairmanship elections will be declared at the collation centre in each of the local councils, while that for councillorship elections will be announced at ward collation centres.
The day was greeted with heavy downpour coupled with the early morning traffic that created a temporary setback.
The morning rain led to flooding in some areas as captured in the images above from Surulere.
Despite the heavy downpour, election is going on smoothly.