Authorities appeal for peaceful Nigeria elections

From OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Lagos State Government in Nigeria has appealed for calm and peace from citizens during next weekend’s local polls.
The appeal comes on the back of a culture of violence charactersing polls and disputed outcomes in recent years.
Ahead of the polls set for Saturday, the state has announced restrictions of vehicular movement in the state on Saturday.
The elections will hold across the 20 local government and 37 local council development areas (LCDAs) across the state.
State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the restriction of movement will be enforced between 08h00 and 14h00 local time.
Ayorinde said the police and other security agencies were ready to ensure the electioneering campaign and the voting were conducted smoothly without public disturbance.
He urged political parties, candidates, supporters and the general public 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 election in the commercial state of Africa’s biggest but struggling economy is set to be a closely-contested affair between the ruling All Progressives Congress of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the People’s Democratic Party.
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