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INEC budgets N239b for polling materials, presidential run-off

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INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission will spend not less than N239.2bn on procuring voting materials and vehicles that will be used in the 2023 general election.

  Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this during public presentation of 2022-2026 Strategic Plan and 2023 Election Project Plan in Abuja, yesterday.

  Explaining that N239.2 billion, which constitutes 78.44 per cent of its N305bn budget, would be spent on 10 critical items which included ballot papers, operational vehicles, ballot boxes, allowances of ad hoc workers, printing of result sheets, logistics and procurement of accreditation devices, the commission added also included in the N239.2 billion budget is N27.1 billion set aside for possible run-off elections, including the one for the presidential poll.

  A further breakdown of the document shows that the highest single component will be the procurement of accreditation devices which will gulp N105.2 billion. This also constitutes 34.51 per cent of the total election budget of N305 billion while allowance for ad hoc workers, who will be more than one million people, is pegged at N23.7 billion while N23 billion was set aside for election logistics expenses which include the movement, deployment and retrieval of men and materials for the elections.

  The document also shows that INEC will spend N20.6 billion on printing ballot papers and N12.7 billion on the procurement of non-sensitive materials while it set aside N9.5 billion for the printing of result sheets, N7.8 billion for the procurement of ballot boxes and a separate N5.39 billion for the same purpose.

  The electoral body will also spend N3.9 billion for procurement of operational vehicles.

  Similarly, the commission said security challenges would stop conduct of the 2023 general election.

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