INEC says it spent N108.8 billion for the 2015 polls
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it spent N108.8 billion for the 2015 presidential, national assembly and governorship polls.
The electoral agency said the bill translates to one thousand and 749 naira and 38 kobo for each of the 68 million, 833 thousand and 476 voters registered for the polls.
The report, which was released at a Media Workshop on the theme: Media and Election Reportage: An Assessment of Professionalism and Ethical Issues, stated that the commission also got N5.2 billion support from development partners in support of the election.
In spite of that, the commission said that the total amount spent on the election was still being processed as at the time the report was compiled, an indication the amount spent for the polls could be higher at the end of the day.
The report said that the amount provided by the development partners was spent largely on workshops, seminars, conferences, enlightenment programmes and engagement of consultants and technical aides for the INEC Chairman.
But the commission also explained that the amount appropriated for the 2015 polls spanned a period of two years, before the conduct of the elections.
“Over the period, funds were provided for pre-election activities such as voter registration and issuance of Permanent Voter cards. Other electoral procurements made prior to the conduct of the elections included: ballot papers, result sheets, voting cubicles and ballot boxes.
“Additionally, cost of logistic requirements for Election Day activities and support for election litigations, as well as the recruitment and training of election officials, were provided for in the budgets of 2014-2015.”
Among the major items on which INEC expended the cash were the sum of N15.6 billion on Presidential, Governorship elections runoffs, N14.1 billion on honorarium for ad-hoc staff, N10.5 billion for electoral hazards allowance, N 8 billion for ballot papers, N6 billion on ad-hoc staff training and N5 billion for ballot boxes.