ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja
Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Tuesday adjusted its budget for 2019 General Elections from N189 billion to N143 billion in compliance with directive from the National Assembly Panel on INEC.
Addressing newsmen after the closed door meeting which lasted for about two hours, Chairman of the Joint Panel, Suleiman Nazif confirmed that INEC stated that new budget document reflecting the sum of N143 billion as originally requested by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nazif informed the newsmen that a sub-committee has been set up to look into the details of the new budget submitted by INEC.
The sub-committee is expected to complete its assignment on Wednesday.Also speaking with journalists, Senator Aliyu Sabi (Niger North) gave assurances that the committee is determined to urgently complete work on the election budget.He denied allegations that the committee was deliberately slowing down the process to frustrate moves to make the National Assembly to reconvene.
He said part of the reason for setting up the sub-committee was to speed up the legislative processes for the election budget.
The Joint Committee had on Monday ended weeks of deadlock after it reached a decision to adopt President Muhammadu’s version of the election expenses put at N143 billion; directing INEC to reduce its own.
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