- As 2019 general elections draw nearer, INEC's preparation has been dealt a big blow
- A whooping amount of N45.6bn was axed out of the earlier proposed N189 billion by NASS joint committee
- INEC has however pleaded to the committee to revisit its decision
Fresh facts have emerged on how the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC)'s budget lost its actual amount presented before the joint session of House of Representatives and Senate committee.
NAIJ.com notes that the budget has been axed down from N189 billion to N143 billion.
According to Vanguard, the electoral body's budget lost a total amount of N45.6 billion when questions from the committee on how 45.6 billion naira on the proposal would be drawn could not be answered by its representatives.
The newspaper reports that a south-south senator who spoke on the condition anonimyty revealed what transpired during the budget's defence before the two National Assembly committees.
He said the “rejection of the N189billion INEC budget for 2019 elections by NASS joint committee for the N143bn requested for by President Buhari this year , is all about where to source the balance of N45.6bn from and not any other reason.
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"My colleagues are not in anyway disposed to a situation where the money would have to be vired from the special votes again , more so, according to them , since President Buhari in his letter of request promised to make provision for N45.6 bn elections budget balance in 2019 budget.”
When asked by the Senate chief whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, if the electoral body can still cope with the resolution of N143 billion made by the committee, Professor Mahmood Yakub urged the lawmakers to pass the total amount budgeted for the electoral process in 2019.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that for the third time in a roll, the National Assembly Joint Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to reach a resolution on the proposed 2019 general election budget of N189.2 billion.
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