The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has tabled before the National Assembly for the 2023 general elections N305 billion as a projected expenditure.
Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu made the Submission when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Appropriations on Monday in Abuja.
The Committee had, in view of the 2023 general elections, invited the INEC Chairman to table before it, projected expenditure for the election for the purpose of capturing it in the 2022 budget billed for passage by both chambers of the National Assembly Tuesday, this week.
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According to the INEC Chairman, the N305 billion is different from the N40 billion yearly budget of the electoral body.
He said though N100 Billion had been given the Commission out of the total projected expenses but would not be enough for adequate preparation.
On the controversial Ekiti East bye-election, the INEC boss said it has been suspended indefinitely having tried four times without success.
He lamented that in the last attempt, voters were killed on the queue as well as security operatives and electoral officers at polling units.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Barau Jibrin said required appropriation would be made for the electoral body in the 2022 budget in the general interest of Nigerians.
He assured journalists after the session that the report of his committee on 2022 budget proposals, will be laid in plenary at both Chambers on Tuesday, considered, and passed.