The Joint Committee of the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resolved to determine how the Nigerian electoral umpire will fund its budget.
Senator Suleiman Nazif, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Electoral Matters, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Friday, August 17.
The Senate Committee Chairman made the disclosure after the Joint Committee met with the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, at the National Assembly complex.
Senator Nazif said the Committee agreed to deliberate on the budget of the commission at a future date, after which it would be sent to the Appropriation Committees of both chambers.
According to him, the committees are expected to scrutinise and decide the source of funding for INEC’s budget.
The meeting, which had the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma in attendance, was held behind closed doors.
CNG recalls that Joint Committee of the National Assembly had failed to reach a consensus on the budget of the Commission for the 2019 elections when they met on Thursday.
INEC is requesting for the lump sum of N189 billion to conduct the 2019 general elections.