The National Assembly Joint Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission has approved one hundred and forty three billion naira for INEC for the 2019 general election as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The committee reached this resolution today after over a week of deliberation on the matter.
Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, in his presentation, demanded for one hundred and eighty nine billion naira.
The commission’s request caused members of the committee to again deliberate on whether to grant INEC’s request or that of the president.
The committee had failed to harmonize the divergent positions of the Senate and the House of Representatives last week, necessitating an adjournment for more consultations to be made.
The committee chairman Senator Suleiman Nazif announced that one hundred and forty three billion naira will be approved for INEC, after an executive session which lasted for about forty minutes.
He said the approval was in line with the president’s request.