E-transmission: INEC independence not negotiable – REC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner for Oyo state, Barrister Mutiu Agboke on Monday declared that the commission’s independence is not negotiable and not in doubt.

Barrister Agboke stated this while responding to a question on the ongoing electronic transmission of elections results bill before the National Assembly while featuring on a Fresh FM 105.9 in Ibadan interview programme, “Fresh FM Situation Room”.

The INEC REC stated that the controversy should not be linked with the commission as nothing will stop the commission from making use of technological devices in its elections processes.

According to Barrister Agboke, INEC is a creation of the law and not created by Presidential fait and will at all times be acting within the ambit of the law creating it which clearly stipulated its limitations and its expected functions and roles.

He emphasised that the present INEC is independent in all its activities, modus operandi as well as its general operations.

The Oyo REC stressed that it would amount to lame excuse for anyone to be claiming that there are some areas that without network to facilitate transmission of election results, adding, in such a situation, it behoves on whoever in charge to use his or her discretion to look for the needed network in the nearby area.