The Senate on Thursday passed the sum of N234 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission in the 2018 budget. The figure comprises the N189 billion requested by INEC to conduct the 2019 general elections, and N45 billion provided for the commission under statutory transfer. The lawmakers approved that the N189 billion be vired from both recurrent and capital components of the Special Intervention Programme captured in the Service Wide Vote of the 2018 Appropriation Act.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the passage of the budget followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Appropriation chaired by Senator Danjuma Goje. Goje said that the committee considered President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for N242 billion for INEC and security agencies to conduct the election.
He said the executive allocated N143 billion for INEC from virement in the 2018 budget without specifying the source of the virement. The committee, according to him, recommended that the money be vired from the Special Intervention Programme under the Service Wide Vote of the 2018 Appropriation Act.