The Senate has finally approved the sum of N234.51 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of 2019 general elections. The approved amount is about N7.9 billion less than the N242.45 billion requested by President Buhari.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had requested the Senate’s approval of N242.45 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission to enable it to commence preparations for 2019 general elections.
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Part of the funds, according to the president’s request, would also be given to the Department of State Service and other security agencies for the same purpose.
The request was contained in a letter addressed to President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, dated July 11 and personally signed by Buhari.
Legit.ng had also reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) denied reports that there was duplication in its 2019 election budget.
The chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said in a statement on Sunday, August 26, that INEC’s version of the budget was different from the one President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded to the National Assembly.
Legit.ng gathered that he explained that what the president did was to break INEC’s budget into two components.
Oyekanmi said the president asked that N143.5bn be taken from the 2018 budget, while N45.6bn should be appropriated in the 2019 budget.
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