Lagos State Government on Wednesday announced extension of the restriction of movement during the council election period in the state on Saturday, saying it would now be between 7am and 3pm.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said in a statement that the extension was to allow for a smooth conduct of the elections and unhindered participation.
Ayorinde said the restriction of movement would allow the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission and the security agencies to distribute electoral materials in good time and ensure a seamless electoral process.
He reiterated the government’s call for a peaceful and orderly conduct by the electorate during the elections that will usher in new Chairmen and Councillors in the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas across the state.
According to the Commissioner, the State Government and security agencies will leave no stone unturned in ensuring a free and fair election, while ensuring safety of electoral officials and voters.
He also urged residents to be peaceful and orderly in casting and protecting their votes for chairmen and councilors who were expected to drive development at the third tier of government.
Ayorinde said: “The police and other security agencies have been maintaining law and order since the commencement of campaign by political parties.
He said that all political parties, candidates and their supporters as well as the general public were assured of safety throughout the period of voting and collation.