The House of Representatives’ Committee on Electoral Matters, through its chairperson, Aisha Dukku, queried Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over the duplication of items provided in the 2018 budget for the 2019 polls. It also questioned the rationale behind the huge budget proposal.
Further findings showed that details of the INEC expenditure were given, in the 2018 Appropriation Act signed into law by President Buhari. In her remarks, Dukku reiterated the House resolve to support issue of interest that will strengthen the nation’s electoral process and aid INEC in discharging its functions.
Aisha also gave the assurance during the INEC budget presentation to members of the committee for the conduct of 2019 general elections. She explained:
“It is only by so doing that one can begin to unravel the intricacies of the entire range of issues involved and their inter-connection. You will agree with me that for a government that promised change to its people, the foundation of this change ought to be evident in the way we plan our elections and electoral processes. The estimates should represent a true picture of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, FRA.”
The lawmakers expressed concern over INEC’s previous budgets saying they were neither productive or ineffective because of poor planning.
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