Amid security threats, INEC allocates N239 billion to hold 2023 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reiterated its determination to hold the 2023 general election despite the growing security threat to the process. Commission chairman Mahmood Yakubu revealed this at the public launch of the 2022-2026 strategic plan and 2023 election project plan in Abuja on Thursday. This comes just a week after an INEC staff member was killed by unknown gunmen in Imo state while on duty. The incident is one of many attacks carried out by armed assailants against commission staff and facilities in the past three years in southeastern states. Mr. Yakubu said that INEC will continue to work with security agencies to protect staff, voters and election materials, as he called for more support from other stakeholders. “These are difficult times, but we are determined that the elections will take place in 2023. However, this is a shared responsibility. INEC plays a fundamental role, but the commission alone cannot carry out the elections that we all want,” he said, adding that their schedules of activities remained fixed. “We have listened carefully to Nigerians’ demand for seamless processes, in particular on better voter education, better distribution of voters in voting units, quality training of polling staff, functionality of electronic devices, logistics improved, quick start of voting, availability of assistive devices for people with disabilities at voting tables and greater transparency in the management of results”, he added. According to the recently released project plan, the commission said it will deploy more than one million permanent and non-permanent election officials to 176,846 voting units in 1,491 constituencies for the general election. The elections are presidential, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal electoral districts, 28 governors, and 993 state electoral districts nationwide. With this projection, the commission has allocated N239.2 billion of the N305 billion budget for the acquisition of ballot papers, operating vehicles, ballot boxes, accreditation devices and other critical items before the elections. Compared to the N189 billion allocated for the 2019 general election, the INEC budget increased by 61%. No less than N27.1 billion of the N239.2 billion has reportedly been set aside for potential runoff elections. Breakdown What reporteda whopping 105.2 billion naira of the budget has been estimated for the purchase of accreditation devices, while 23.7 billion naira and 23 billion naira will go towards paying an allowance for ad hoc workers and logistics, respectively . Of the N239.2 billion budget, N20.6 and N12.7 billion will be spent on printing ballot papers and purchasing non-sensitive materials, while the Print of the result sheets will swallow a total of N9.5 million. A total of N13.19 billion will be earmarked for the purchase of urns and another N3.9 billion for operating vehicles. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Amid security threats, INEC allocates N239 billion to hold 2023 elections