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INEC budgets N239bn on poll materials supplied for 2023 elections

INEC budgets N239bn on poll materials in 2023 elections

The Independent Nationwide Electoral Commission will spend no less than N239.2bn on procuring voting supplies and automobiles that shall be used within the 2023 general election.

That is in accordance with the 2023 Normal Election Project Plan that was launched by INEC in Abuja on Thursday, April 21.

The Commission said that N239.2bn, which constitutes 78.44 per cent of its N305bn finances, could be spent on 10 crucial gadgets which included poll papers, operational automobiles, poll boxes, allowances of ad hoc staff, printing of end result sheets, logistics and procurement of accreditation gadgets.

Additionally included in the N239.2bn finances is the N27.1bn put aside by the fee for possible run-off elections, together with the one for the presidential ballot.

A breakdown of the document, 2023 General Election Mission Plan,  exhibits that the best single part would be the procurement of accreditation gadgets which can gulp N105.2bn. This additionally constitutes 34.51 per cent of the entire election finances of N305bn.

The allowance for ad hoc staff, who shall be a couple of million folks, is pegged at N23.7bn whereas N23bn was put aside for election logistics bills which embody the motion, deployment and retrieval of males and supplies for the elections.

INEC may even spend N20.6bn on the printing of poll papers and N12.7bn on the procurement of non-sensitive supplies. The fee put aside N9.5bn for the printing of end result sheets, N7.8bn for the procurement of poll boxes and a separate N5.39bn for a similar objective. The electoral physique will even spend N3.9bn for the procurement of operational automobiles.

In a diagram illustrating a comparative evaluation of the 2019 and 2023 normal election budgets, INEC noted that while N189bn was put aside for the earlier elections, the 2023 normal election would gulp N305bn.

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