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INEC, Senate fail to reach resolution on 2019 general elections budget

INEC, Senate fail to reach resolution on 2019 general elections budget

- The Senate committee on INEC has failed to reach a resolution on 2019 general election budget

- The Senate said more clarifications is needed on the budget before approval

For the third time in a roll, the National Assembly Joint Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has failed to reach a resolution on the proposed 2019 general election budget of N189.2 billion.

Recall that earlier reported that the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu appeared before the joint committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives on INEC to defend the commission’s proposed budget for the 2019 general elections.

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Yakubu was also accompanied by the minister of national planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, on Friday, August 17, for the meeting seen as crucial to the forthcoming general elections.

The Senate committee and INEC officials had earlier met on Wednesday and again on Thursday, without definite result.

Premium Times reports that the Chairman of the Senate committee on INEC, Suleiman Nazif, after the Friday, August 17 meeting, disclosed that the panel came to a conclusion that more clarifications needed to be made on the budget.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) 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.

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