INEC wants N305bn for 2023 elections

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Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu says the commission will require N305 billion to conduct the 2023 general elections.

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He disclosed this during a meeting with the Senate Committee on Appropriation at the National Assembly on Monday.

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The INEC boss also noted that the amount will enable the commission to prepare for the election and purchase all the election materials needed and also cover several bye-elections across the country.

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He, however, stated that the commission has already received N100 billion out of the required amount for the elections.

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Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation Senator Jibrin Barau, has disclosed that the 2022 budget will be laid, debated, and passed on Tuesday, December 21.

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There is also no word on whether President Buhari has written and forwarded a letter to the National Assembly on his decision to give or withdraw his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

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The 30-day deadline stipulated by the constitution for the President to respond to the bill expired on Sunday, December 19.

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Meanwhile, the National Assembly is scheduled to commence its Christmas and New Year holidays from Tuesday, December 21.

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