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2019: National Assembly committee rejects INEC’s budget, cuts N200m down

2019: National Assembly committee rejects INEC’s budget, cuts N200m down

- Again, the budget proposal of INEC was reduced by the joint committee of the National Assembly

- The budget was reduced by N200m after it had been cut down from the initial N189bn

- The committee said the reduction was done to avoid unnecessary inflation of the budget

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC)'s budget was on Thursday, August 30, reduced by a total amount of N200 million by the joint committee of the National Assembly on matters concerning the electoral body.

Recall that a budget proposal of N189 billion was earlier submitted by INEC for the coming general election. But after a tough screening by the committee, a resolution detailing a total amount of N143 billion (N143,512,529,455) was adopted for INEC's 2019 election activities.

Legit.ng gathers that the committee of seven members headed by Suleiman Naif, however, ordered INEC to summit a budget of N143 billion to be reviewed by a sub committee consisting six men on Thursday, August 30.

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After the review, the committee represented by its chairman said an amount of exactly N200,272,500 million was cut down by the sub-committee, adding that the funds be sourced from service-wide votes under the special intervention programme so as to avoid unnecessary inflation of the budget.

According to a report by The Punch, the committee came up with the conclusion that their resolution will be forwarded to the committee of appropriation for final approval.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INEC budget was axed down from N189 billion to N143 billion on Tuesday, August 28.

The electoral body's budget lost a total amount of N45.6 billion when questions from the committee on how 45.6 billion naira on the proposal would be drawn could not be answered by its representatives.

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Source: Legit.ng

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