Fear grips candidates as LASIEC screening starts
Candidates with questionable certificates or those found at fault with the law may meet their waterloo during the screening by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission.
The process, which starts July 7,/2017 will include forensic examination of birth certificates to confirm if the candidates meet the age requirement of 25 years for councillors and 30 for chairmen.
The evidence that the candidates possess the educational qualifications which minimum is secondary school certificate will also be examined by the electoral umpire.
For candidates who are employees in the public service, the last date for resignation from.office should have been June 22,2017. This would comply with the 30days required by law before the July 22 election.
Another key hurdle where candidates had failed in the past is evidence of tax payment. Considering the low level of compliance with tax laws, strict enforcement of the tax laws may prove a setback for candidates.
According to the LASIEC guidelines, each candidate is expected to produce three years tax payment.
Other guidelines are:
The candidate of each political party is required to attach copies of the following to his/her form. (a) Curriculum Vitae (b) Birth certificate or sworn affidavit of age; ( Minimum age for councillorship candidates is 25 years while the minimum age for the chairmanship candidate is 30 years); (c) party membership card (d) candidate’s voter registration card. (e) sponsors’ voter registration cars; (f) educational qualification(s) (up to secondary school certificate or its equivalent); (g) letter of disengagement from previous employment (disengagement from employment in the public service of the federation, of any state, or any local government should have taken place at least 30 days before the election