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Nigeria’s elections expensive than UK, Canada, others, report claims

Nigeria’s elections expensive than UK, Canada, others, report claims

- Nigeria's elections are said to be expensive than that of some advanced countries

- Report says cost of conducting election in the country soared a little above N1 billion in 1999 to over N100 billion in 2015

- Nigeria, with her 67 million registered voters, was reported to have spent $625 million during the 2015 elections

Investigations have revealed that Nigeria’s elections are among the most expensive in the world. The cost was said to have soared a little above N1 billion in 1999 to over N100 billion in 2015.

Daily Trust reports that Nigeria’s huge cost of elections surpassed that of the world’s largest democracy, India and even those of advanced democracies like UK, Canada and Australia.

It was reported that Nigeria, with her 67 million registered voters, spent $625 million during the 2015 elections. This is said to have translated into $9.33 per voter, the news outlet reports, quoting a data prepared by the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) in 2015.

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The quoted figure is said to be higher than the $600 million the electoral commission of India (ECI) said it spent during the 2014 general elections.

During the India election, 553.8 million people voted out of 815 million registered voters.

Some of the expenditure Nigeria's $625 million was used for included information technology systems and infrastructure; maps and voter lists preparation; training for returning officers and field and special events staff, the NILS data was quoted further.

The expenditure, however, did not include expenses incurred by other stakeholders, candidates, political parties, advertisements, and support groups expenses.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a poll conducted by Legit.ng on social media, showed that many Nigerians believe President Muhammadu Buhari is fit to rule the country in 2019.

The polls which were carried out on Twitter and Facebook, showed that although many were against a Buhari presidency in 2019, others endorsed it.

On Facebook, 45% of the total votes went to President Buhari, while 23% went to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

On Twitter, 48% of the votes also went to Buhari while 21% again went to Atiku.

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Source: Legit.ng

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