Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State governor, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should determine when to use the electronic transmission of results in the 2023 general elections.
Fayemi said this during an interview on Channels Television on Monday night.
“Personally, I feel we should leave the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to handle and decide when or where to utilise the electronic transmission, not the principle of it”, he said.
The national assembly had passed the Electoral Amendment Bill following intense debates which triggered rowdy sessions and confrontations among lawmakers.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers had voted along party lines, over section 52(3) of the electoral act amendment bill, which deals with electronic transmission of election results.
Lawmakers from the APC, the party with majority of seats in the national assembly, voted against electronic transmission of results by INEC, while PDP lawmakers insisted that INEC should be allowed to use technology to transmit election results.
The national assembly said the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) would determine national coverage, followed by an approval from the senate and house of representatives, before INEC can transmit election results electronically.
However, Fayemi, who is also the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) said the drama that trailed the passage of the bill before the parliament was unnecessary.
“I feel that the hullabaloo around this could have been avoided partly because I feel it is something that we must not over-regulate, particularly the activities of an independent commission.
“If I have the opportunity to have been asked, I would have actually argued strongly that we leave this matter for the electoral commission to handle rather than micro-manage the commission or bringing the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) as the final arbitral on what happens to the electoral commission,” he added.