The National Assembly Joint Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday approved N143 billion for INEC for the 2019 general election as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The committee chairman announced that N143 billion will be approved for INEC, after an executive session which lasted for about 40 minutes.
He said the approval was in line with the president’s request.
“The joint committee sat and has come up with the resolution to adopt the N143 billion presented by Mr. President.
“It is also the wish of this committee that INEC then present their budget of N143 billion as requested by Mr. President.
“Therefore, INEC has an opportunity to prioritise and this committee is ready to receive them tomorrow. This committee will be reconvening tomorrow by 1pm so that we can consider the presentation by INEC,” he said.
He, however, did not say when the other N45 billion will be approved for the electoral commission.
Details to follow…