National Assembly’s approval unnecessary for e-transmission of results – REC

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THE Ogun Residence Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, has said the commission does not need the backing of the National Assembly and the approval of the National Communication Commission transmit election results electronically.

Agbaje disagreed with the National Assembly’s position that the Independent National Electoral Commission had no constitutional backing transmit election results electronically without the approval of NCC.

Agbaje said this on Thursday while speaking at a press briefing as the new REC in the state.

The National Assembly had insisted that the commission seek the approval of NCC before transmitting election results electronically.

He urged the federal lawmakers not stop INEC from performing its constitutional role.

According the REC, it be a great disservice Nigerians and Nigeria’s democracy if the National Assembly prevents INEC from transmitting election results electronically.

He said, “The commission is in no way shy in transmitting election results electronically. In fact, we have the capacity do that. We are only waiting for the National Assembly not to disturb us. Even as we are now today, I believe that the commission has enough reason and legislation to back us to do this.

“People have been saying there is no law backing this, but we have law. Unfortunately, that law signed by former was not brought out before the 2015 general election, but it was signed before the election.”

Agbaje, however, lamented the low participation of eligible voters in the first quarter of the ongoing Continuous Voters’ Registration in the state.