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The new Ogun Residential Electoral Commissioner,Olusegun Agbaje has lamented the low participation of residents of the state in the first quarters of the ongoing Continous Voters Registration exercise (CVR), saying that Ogun State recorded the lowest registration in South West compared to Osun,Ondo and EKiti States
Agbaje disclosed this while addressing Journalists at the Commission’s State Office in Magbon, Abeokuta, the State capital on Thursday.
Giving the figures of registered voters done,, Agbaje stated that 46,937 residents of the state registered online while only 12,231 people completed the physical registration.
he added that Osun recorded 41,928 online registration with 63,259 completed registration while Ondo has 55,099 online and 20,632 residents with completed registration. 57,623 residents registered online with 19,128 completed physical registration in Ekiti.
Agbaje, who urged the National Assembly not to hinder INEC from transmitting election results electronically, said” the Commission is absolutely empowered by the Constitution to transmit election results electronically without seeking the approval of National Communication Commission,NCC”.
The National Assembly has insisted that INEC must seek the approval of NCC before transmitting result electonically.
He said it could be a great disservice to Nigerians and democracy if the National Assembly hinders INEC on the e- transmission of election results.
Agbaje said” The Commission is no way shy in transmitting election results electronically, infact, We have the capacity to do that. We are only waiting for the National Assembly not to disturb us.”
“People have been saying there is no law backing this, but we have law, unfortunately that law signed by former President Goodluck Jonathan was not brought out before the 2015 election, but it was signed before the election. We have that law which also back us to conduct elections using technology.
” Even without the National Assembly coming to our aid, the law we have has already capacitated us to go ahead to do e- transmission if the National Assembly will not stop us because if they are going ahead with this committee they have set at the two houses, if the two houses now resolve that we should not do it, it means that there is a new law again banning us” he stated.