*says the commission independence not negotiable.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner for Oyo State, Barrister Mutiu Agboke on Monday said the on going controversy on transmission of election results has nothing to do with the commission
Featuring on a Fresh FM 105.9 Ibadan interview programme, ” Fresh FM Situation Room”, Barrister Agboke said the commission is a creation of the law and not by Presidential fait and as well will at all times act within the ambit of the law that created it which clearly stipulated its limitations and expected roes and functions.
The REC disclosed that INEC independence is not negotiable and not in doubt, saying, ” nobody can query INEC independence” and that nothing will stop the commission from making use of technological devices in its elections processes as witnessed in some of the commission’s activities in the recent past.
He pointed out that the commission can transmit election results as it has been doing in the recent past elections in the country through the introduction of card readers and online Continued Voters Registration among others
Stressing that INEC is independent in all its activities, modus operandi as well as its general operations, the REC stated that it will be a lame excuse to be claiming that there are some areas that without network to facilitate transmission of election results.
According to the REC, the onus in such a situation, should be on whoever is involved to make good use of his or her discretion to look for the network in the nearby area.
Commenting on the Continued Voters Registration (CVR) , the REC hinted that the commencement of physical aspect of the CVR in the state has been postponed for two weeks following the Eid El Kabir celebrations holidays.
He stressed that the online aspect of CVR on its part was to prevent unnecessary physical contacts in line with the laid down COVID-19 protocol especially to prevent spread of the new Delta variant COVID-19
On Oyo state, Barrister Agboke stated that the commission is determined to conduct the CVR in the state having identified some flashy areas in the state which he said no INEC officers in the state will be allowed to go .
He stressed that Oyo state is presently having 6,390 polling units and that there was nothing like polling points in the state as polling points in places such as Churches, Mosques, Palaces and shrines in some cases have been cancelled by the commission.