- The 2019 election budget will be presented within the next seven days, according to INEC
- The commission said it has developed a strategic plan and programme of actions (2017-2021), in full consultation with stakeholders
Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday, February 16, said said the commission has completed drafting the budget for the 2019 general elections and it will release it in seven days.
The Nation reports that Mahmood made this statement in his welcome address at a Two-Day 2019 Election Project Plan (EPP) Implementation for the senior management staff of the commission in Lagos.
Mahmood said: “It is exactly a year today to the 2019 General Elections scheduled for Feb. 16, 2019, the commission has developed a strategic plan and programme of actions (2017-2021), in full consultation with stakeholders.
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“In order to implement the plan, the commission then developed detailed activities and assigned specific responsibilities and time lines for the 2019 general elections under the Election Project Plan (EPP)."
Mahmood added that there is no time to waste; the 2019 General Elections are already around the corner.
He said: "These are the last activities before the conduct of the general elections.’’
“We have finalized and validated the election project plan, thereafter, finalize work on the election’s budget for 2019, this will be ready next week.
“Part of the successful implementation of the election plan is funding and the commission is not unaware that Nigerians are anxious to know the cost of the 2019 general elections.
“The commission believes in optimal utilization of resources which is dependent on proper planning.
“With the validation of EPP workshop, having concluded and validated the strategic plan and plan of actions, work on 2019 elections budget will be concluded next week
“Immediately after the validation, the budget will be presented to the appropriate authority for consideration and funding,’’ the chairman said.
He said that the commission would continue to take all necessary steps to ensure that Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) were given necessary support to implement EPP.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that on Friday, February 16, INEC said it will get to the root of reports of underage voting in Kano state.
The electoral body agreed that it is the responsibility of the registration officers to curb the rate of such voting.
The director of publicity and voter education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said lives of some INEC registration officers were being threatened in various communities.
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