By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde on Wednesday declared that electronic transmission of results in the forthcoming 2023 general elections will ensure credibility in the electoral system for the country.
He made this known when he received officials of the state’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) led by its Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barrister Mutiu Agboke during a courtesy visit to the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan
It would be recalled that the National Assembly recently voted against the adoption of electronic voting for the 2023 elections, a move that attracted widespread criticisms.
Makinde, speaking further, said with the technology, INEC should be able to transmit the general election results electronically as done in Edo and Ondo states during the governorship elections held recently in both states.
The governor recalled that the initiative availed residents of Oyo State the opportunity to monitor the results of the elections in the state as they unfold.
Makinde assured the officials of the state government’s readiness to support the commission in its efforts to step up advocacy on the ongoing continuous voter’s registration exercise
He expressed appreciation to the INEC in the state for its support in the areas of training and advice to the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) during its preparations for the recently held local government election saying it contributed to the success of the polls.
According to him, in Oyo State INEC is truly independent, especially since Barrister Mutiu Agboke was appointed, adding that elections under his supervision have remained free, fair, and credible
Earlier, Bar Agboke said the purpose of the visit was to solicit the support of the state government in the Commission’s advocacy for eligible residents of the state who are yet to register to do so before the expiration of the continuous voter registration exercise at the end of this month
Agboke hinted that 56,498 have visited the commission’s portal out of which only 20, 609 have registered so far both physically and online.
He said the state has 2, 934,107 eligible registered voters before 2019 pointing out that 721,888 permanent voter’s card is yet to be collected.