Situational Statement on the 2021 Lagos Local Government Council Elections

Situational Statement on the 2021  Lagos Local Government Council Elections

Situational Statement on the 2021 Lagos Local Government Council Elections

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Situational Statement on the 2021 Lagos Local Government Council Elections

For Saturday 24 July 2021, Yiaga Africa’s Watching the Vote (WTV) deployed trained, accredited roving observers to observe the process across the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs in the State. Though Yiaga Africa did not deploy the Parallel Votes Tabulation (PVT) Methodology for the Lagos LGA elections, it deployed a robust election observation methodology that includes observation of the election day process (from opening and setup of the polling units, accreditation, voting, announcement and posting of the official results) at the polling units and the result collation process at the 20 LGAs Results Collation Centres.

The midday situational statement provides information on the setup of polls, availability of election materials, the commencement of accreditation and voting and critical incidents that may impact the quality of the election. The preliminary findings in this statement are as of 2 pm on Election Day, July 24, 2021.

Watching The Vote Findings

On the eve of the election, the analysis of the final list of candidates for the election as of 5 pm, 23rd July 2021, revealed that a total of 133 candidates will be contesting for the office of the Chairman with 131 Vice Chairmanship candidates. Of the 133 candidates for the office for the Chairman, 16 are women and of the 131 Vice Chairman candidates, 106 are women. Indicating that the contesting parties fielded more women for the office of the Vice-Chairman.

While 15 parties are to contest in the election, the WTV observers reported that an average of 3 political parties was on the ballot papers for both the LGA/LCDA Chairman and Council election.  As observed, there was reasonable compliance with the no-movement directive of the state government, however, voter turnout was abysmally low across the LGA’s/LCDA with voters absent in some polling units as of 11am.

The findings presented in this statement are based on information received from the WTV observers on set-up, and the commencement of voting and accreditation at the polling units.

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