The Diocese of Lagos West (Anglican Communion) deployed over 20 buses with observers to the 27 Local Government Areas of Lagos State to observe the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections of our great country. Lagos West have been involving in election observation since 1999 both at the national and state levels but it was done this year in conjunction with Badagry and Mainland Dioceses. The observers are drawn from the clergy and laity of the Dioceses and it was headed by the Venerable Gbenga Oniye, the Archdeacon of Abule-Egba Archdeaconry of the Lagos West.
According to the Chief Observer of the Diocese and Bishop of Lagos West, the Rt Revd Dr. Olusola Odedeji said the Diocese is the sole sponsor of the observation in term of the financial implication. We further affirmed that the Diocese invested so much to observe the election without any support from any where.
Bishop Odedeji also acclaimed that he had never collected money from any politician for support and that he had no candidates among the aspirants that whosoever emerges as the winner and govern us well, the Church will support him.
In an interview with the Press on the Election day in the Bishop s Court, Bishop Odedeji expressed his dissatisfaction with the conduct of the election especially the mass failure of the card readers in the accreditation of the voters but he was impressed with the turn out of the people to elect the next President.
The observers were satisfied with the conduct of the elections. It was reported that the card readers worked very well in most areas while few area had it malfunctioning. It was also observed that there was no violence and the conduct of the accreditation and voting were fair, free and transparent.
It was also observed that some areas could not vote because of the absence of the electoral offices and materials. Some areas stated very late but the election was observed.
Revd Oluwole Ibikunle
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