INEC Budgets N239BN For 2023 General Election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission said a sum of N239.2bn will be used for procuring voting materials and vehicles that will be used in the 2023 general election.

The electoral body made this known in Abuja on Thursday while unveiling the 2023 General Election Project Plan

The commission stated that N239.2bn, which constitutes 78.44 percent of its N305bn budget, would be spent on 10 critical items which included ballot papers, operational vehicles, ballot boxes, and allowances of ad hoc workers, printing of result sheets, logistics, and procurement of accreditation devices.

Also included in the N239.2bn budget is the N27.1bn set aside by the commission for possible run-off elections, including the one for the presidential poll.

Run-off elections are conducted in the event that there is no clear winner in a general poll.

A breakdown of the document, 2023 General Election Project Plan,  shows that the highest single component will be the procurement of accreditation devices which will gulp N105.2bn. This also constitutes 34.51 percent of the total election budget of N305bn.

The allowance for ad hoc workers, who will be more than one million people, is pegged at N23.7bn while N23bn was set aside for election logistics expenses which include the movement, deployment and retrieval of men and materials for the elections.

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