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Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State maintained on Monday that the Independent National Electoral Commission should be responsible for deciding when to implement the electronic transmission of election results in preparation for the 2023 general elections.

Governor Fayemi made these remarks during an appearance on Channels Television’s NewsNight, broadcast on Monday.

He said, “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.”

Governor Fayemi added, “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 bring the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) as the final arbitral on what happens to the electoral commission.”

Recall that the National Assembly had on July 15 deliberated extensively on the Electoral Amendment Bill, with the House of Representatives passing the bill moments after the PDP lawmakers walked out of the heated session.

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