The Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has adopted a budget of N143billion for the funding of the 2019 polls.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif, after a meeting held behind closed doors at the National Assembly complex in the nation’s capital.
Senator Nazif explained that after much deliberation, the Committee decided to adopt the sum of N143bn forwarded to Parliament by President Muhammadu Buhari and not the N189bn proposed by INEC.
President Buhari had earlier asked the National Assembly to transfer N143bn from projects it inserted into the 2018 budget to fund next year’s elections, while a balance of N46bn should be included in the 2019 budget.
INEC, on the other hand, requested for both N143bn and N46bn in one tranche to conduct the general elections.
But after Monday’s emergency sitting, the legislatures asked the electoral body to resubmit a budget of N143bn to the National Assembly.