The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has proposed September 16 for the conduct of a by-election to fill the vacant Eti-Osa Constituency I seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

The seat became vacant following the death of Kazeem Alimi of the All Progressives Congress.

Alimi died on July 18, two weeks after celebrating his 50th birthday.

INEC's Administrative Secretary in Lagos State, Mudashiru Mustapha, announced the proposed date at a meeting attended by party leaders on Friday.

Mustapha said the proposed date was chosen after taking into consideration the activities of the commission across the country and the upcoming Eid-el-Kabir holidays.

"We officially received the notification of the death of Hon. Alimi on Wednesday. That is why we called this meeting to jointly decide on a date for a by-election to fill the vacant position.

"We are proposing Saturday, September 16. Once we agree, we notify the headquarters for final approval, after which we roll out the timetable for political parties to start preparations for the election.

"We have notified security agencies, written to the National Youth Service Corps to provide us with ad hoc staff, we need to hold training and put other logistics in place to ensure a successful bye election.

"The date might not be too convenient, but I’m appealing to political parties and other stakeholders to work it out", he said.

Some of the party leaders at the meeting expressed divergent views on the suitability of the proposed date.