The National Assembly has rejected the N189 billion budget proposed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Daily Trust reports that the lawmakers rejected the proposed budget on Monday, August 27, after a closed-door meeting of the joint committee chaired by Senator Suleiman Nazif.
The lawmakers instead urged the electoral body to submit the initial budget of N143 billion submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari. Nazif read out the resolution of the joint committee.
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He said: "As you are aware, our last meeting was held on August 17. We decided to resume today August 27, to consider the harmonised budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
"The joint committee has sat and we have deliberated a position to adopt the N143 billion earlier presented to us by President Muhammadu Buhari.
"It is the wish of this committee that INEC present the N143 billion as requested by Mr. President. This committee therefore adjourns and will reconvene tomorrow by 1 pm to consider the N143bn INEC budget."
NAIJ.com had reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) denied reports that there are duplication in its 2019 election budget.
The Punch reports that the chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said in a statement on Sunday, August 26, that INEC’s version of the budget was different from the one President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded to the National Assembly.
NAIJ.com gathered that he explained that what the president did was to break INEC’s budget into two components.
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