Welcome to our live updates on today’s Local Government Elections in Lagos and Ogun states monitored by Newera News and Channels News.
In Lagos State, the polls will open across the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Development Areas of the state.
Residents of Lagos State and neighbouring state, Ogun are expected today to cast their ballots in polling units across local councils in the state to elect their local government chairmen and councillors for a fresh four-year term
However in Ogun State, 12 political will do the battle for council chairmanship or councillorship in the 236 wards in the 20 local government areas of the state.
Ahead of the elections, restriction of movement was announced in both states and an additional 25,000 policemen have been deployed in Lagos State to beef up security.
Our reporters bring updates from three senatorial districts in Lagos State – Lagos Central, Lagos East, Lagos West, and Ogun State capital city – Abeokuta.
10:31 am: Lateef Jakande Road, Ikoyi
LASIEC officials and materials arrived at Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s polling unit on Lateef Jakande Road in Ikoyi.
10:17am: Dairy Farm School, Agege, Ward 7, Unit 6
Voting has commenced in Dairy Farm School, Agege, Ward 7, Unit 6.
10:13 am: Ganiyu Smith Road, Freedom Park, Lagos
Voting is underway at Ganiyu Smith Road, Freedom Park, Lagos.
10:12am: Abeokuta South
It is less activity in Ward 13, Igbore, Ago Iba, Abeokuta South as few voters are seen checking their names on the voter’s list.
10:08 am: Lagos Island Freedom Park
Voting commenced at 10:00 am in most parts of Lagos Island. At Freedom Park, our correspondent met Agboola Odunifa (Lagos Island East), one of the candidates for the election. He is accredited, voted, and gives us his impression of the process. According to him, voting is smooth but turnout is poor.
09:30am: Abeokuta, Ogun State
Restriction of movement is in full effect.
Our crew noticed a less busy road as they travel through the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the Shiun-Bobape road, leading to the state capital, Abeokuta.
The outer towns are without security operatives or enforcement agents, yet the compliance to the restriction appears to be high in and around the Abeokuta.
The main entry point into the state capital, near the governor’s office, is manned by soldiers. Other state security officials mount roadblocks at strategic locations within the state to restrict movement and forestall any crisis.
09:25am: Mosan, Lagos
Election materials arrived at one of the polling centres unit in Mosan at 09:25am. Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) officials with ballot boxes and other election materials set up in preparation.
9:00am: Lateef Jakande, Lagos
8:50 am: Ojodu, Lagos
Materials arrive for the start of the election at Ojodu Primary School.
At 8.30 am some voters are already at the polling units 012 and 013 in Ojodu Primary School in Ojodu Local Government Area of Lagos State. Although no electoral official is in sight, security operatives are present.