INEC requires N305bn to conduct 2023 Elections – Commission’s Chairman, Yakubu

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, says his Commission will require N305 billion to conduct the upcoming 2023 general elections.

The INEC boss, who disclosed this during a meeting with the Senate Committee on Appropriation at the National Assembly yesterday, noted that the amount will enable the Commission to prepare for the election and purchase all the election materials needed as well as also cover several bye-elections across the country.

He, however, stated that the Commission has already received N100 billion out of the required amount for the elections.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Sen. Barau Jibrin, has disclosed that the 2022 Budget will be laid, debated, and passed today, Tuesday.

However, there is no word on whether President Buhari has written and forwarded a letter to the National Assembly on his decision to give or withdraw his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. The 30-day deadline stipulated by the constitution for the President to respond to the bill expired on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly is scheduled to commence its Christmas and New Year holidays from today Tuesday, December 21.

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