With regard to the clause added on electronic transmission of election results, Kayode Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti state, has said it appears as if the national assembly was trying to hide an agenda.
The national assembly gave the Nigerian Communications Commission the authority to decide on electronic transmission of election results, which must also be approved by the federal legislature.
In an interview with Channels Television, Fayemi warned against over-regulating the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In his view, the clause giving the NCC and the National Assembly the final say on the use of electronic transmission of election results compromises INEC.
“INEC should be allowed to independently determine how election results are transmitted and not be overregulated while discharging its constitutional duties. I feel that the hullabaloo around this could have been avoided. “If I have the opportunity to be asked, I would actually argue that we leave this matter for the electoral commission to handle, rather than micromanage the electoral commission or bring in the Nigerian Communications Commission or the National Assembly to be an arbiter on what happens to electronic transmission. “I frankly think things could have been handled differently and it is unfortunate that it has been handled the way it has been handled. It is giving an impression that there is some surreptitious or hidden agenda, which there isn’t."