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Civil society groups fault N242bn budget for 2019 elections

Civil society groups fault N242bn budget for 2019 elections

- A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) accuses the current administration of failing to adhere to cost saving measures for the 2019 general election

- The group accuses both the executive and the legislature of overheating the polity in the battle to prove supremacy

- The SEC chairman of the APC’s Yobe state chapter claims the PDP is buying PVC’s at the cost of N5,000 in the state

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has described the N242bn budget to prosecute the 2019 general elections as outrageous.

The group accused the current administration of failing to adhere to cost saving measures for the coming elections.

The executive director of civil society legislative advocacy centre, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, who spoke on behalf of 15 other CSOs at a press conference, insisted that with modern technology deployed, the nation should not spend close to the amount being proposed, The Sun reports.

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Rafsanjani also accused both the executive and the legislature of overheating the polity in the battle to prove supremacy.

Civil Society finds it very scandalous that the source of funding for the 2019 election is being delayed by political gimmicks," the group said.

“The time for this election has been made known since 2015 and specific dates known since January 2018 and all we see has been the politics of horse trading and blackmail between the executive arm and the legislature.

“While it is alarming that it has taken the executive so long to send the request for approval of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) election budget, it is disappointing that it took pleadings and public outcry for the National Assembly to consider this as a matter of national importance, thereby creating avoidable heating up the polity.

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“Furthermore, we consider the proposed budget size of N242 Billion for election curiously high coming from a government that professes prudence in spending and cutting the cost of governance. We expect that the National Assembly would prioritise the scrutiny of this proposal to ensure that duplications and wastages are addressed."

Meanwhile, the chairman, Yobe State Executive Committee (SEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Adamu Chilariye, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of illegally buying the permanent voter’s cards (PVC's) of unsuspecting members of the public.

He made the accusation on Thursday, August 16, at a press briefing in Damaturu, NAN reports. He stated that the state exco of the APC was notified of the development.

He said the APC has lodged complaints with the security agencies against the illegal act. However, Chilariye advised the general public to be careful not to fall into the politicians’ trap.

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