Heeding to the call for reconvergence for passing the supplementary budget for the conduction of the 2019 general elections, the National Assembly is considering approving the proposed sum put forward by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Independent National Electoral Commission says federal lawmakers will consider passing a N242 billion budget for the 2019 general elections next week.
Chairman of the commission Yakubu Mahmood spoke after meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly on Wednesday in Abuja.
“The most important thing to say is that INEC was invited to meet with NASS leadership on how the proposed budget for the 2019 elections can be speedily considered and appropriated by the National Assembly.
“We have been assured of speedy passage of the budget, perhaps as early as next week.
“N242 billion is the total amount proposed,” he said.
He said with the meeting, the commission was re-energised and reassured that its plans for the 2019 elections were on course with regard to funding.
“We have from today, exactly 191 days to the opening of polling units at 8a.m on Saturday the 16th of February, 2019.
“There are activities that we have to undertake for a minimum of six months to the election date.
“Six months to the election date kick starts from 15th of August, which means we have only eight days to the commencement of these activities.
“We are confident that with this meeting, all the grey areas will be ironed out and as we are concerned, our component of the cost of the election will be speedily appropriated by the National Assembly.
“This is the first time in the history of our election that the budget for the election will be subjected to approval by the National Assembly this way.