The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has proposed to spend N41 billion on election and payment of staff salaries out of its N45.5 billion budget for the 2019 fiscal year.
LEADERSHIP gathered that out of the amount, a total sum of N17,507, 319,575.00 was earmarked for consolidated salaries of about 16,455 career officers and 51 political officers.
Also, N17,772,076,818.18 has been earmarked for core election activities, coordination of electoral activities and electoral capital projects.
According to the budget obtained by LEADERSHIP, additional N3,390, 000,000.00 has also been voted for election operation in the 2019 fiscal year while the sum of N3,390, 000,000.00 was also budgeted for elections, referenda and recurrent expenses such as: operation department cost covering printing of ballot papers/ result sheets; printing of forms and envelopes, materials and supplies, logistics expenses, honoraria/other allowances for officials, security agencies, supervision, security supervision/ support including RAC preparation.
Other area which the money will be used includes election ICT support, election officials training and election fund management, logistics, readiness assessment and compliance monitoring for election and printing of voter register for off section and by-elections. This put the total sum for salaries and election conduct in 2019 fiscal year at N41 billion out of the N45.5 billion of its entire 2019 budget.
LEADERSHIP reports that INEC will conduct gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states later this year.
Meanwhile, INEC said it is working with the National Population Commission (NPC) to achieve the alignment and delineation of constituencies, registration areas and electoral wards with no budget made for it.
According to the budget obtained by LEADERSHIP, N150,000,000.00 was budgeted for it constituency delineation in the 2018 fiscal year.
For more than 20 years Nigeria has not conducted constituency delineation.
Yakubu who said INEC accords premium to capacity building, said they are also proposing the sum of N1.3 billion for that purpose in the 2019 budget estimate.
But speaking at the joint sitting of the committees on INEC, chairman, House Committee on INEC, Hon Aisha Dukku said the electoral body has a huge burden on its shoulders with a huge challenge of overseeing transparent electoral process.
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