Prof Mahmood Yakubu

2019 Polls: NASS Adopts N143bn, Asks INEC To Re-Present Budget

The National Assembly Joint Committee on Independent National

Electoral Commission (INEC), has approved the sum of N143bn for the

2019 general elections as against N198bn presented by President

Muhammadu Buhari.


The Chairman of the joint committee, Senator Suleiman Nazif, made this

known after about 30 minutes’ joint session on Monday in Abuja.


He asked the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to appear before it

on Tuesday by 1p.m., to re-present its budget to reflect N143bn

rather than N189 bn earlier presented.


“The joint committee has sat and deliberated the position to adopt the

N143 bn as presented by Mr President.


“It is also the wish of this committee that INEC re-presents their

budget of N143bn as requested by Mr President.


“INEC has the opportunity to re-prioritise and this committee will be

ready to receive their report tomorrow.


“The committee will be reconvening tomorrow by ten o’clock so that we

can consider the presentation by INEC,” he said.


It may be recalled that the Senate Committee on INEC on August 16,

queried the Commission for presenting a budgetary proposal that was at

variance with the one presented by the president for the polls.


The INEC chairman had presented a proposal of N189m to the

Senate Committee on INEC and requested its approval at once.


President Muhammadu Buhari, had in a letter dated July 11, also

requested the National Assembly to approve the sum of N189bn for

the 2019 General Elections.


However, he requested the National Assembly to approve N143.52bn

in the form of virement from the 2018 Budget.


He added that the balance of N45bn would be included in the 2019 Budget.


However, INEC presented a budget of N189bn, requesting that it

be approved as a lump sum by the National Assembly.