Do you that the 2019 General Elections would have costed N254,445,322,600 billion naira?
In this short synopsis TheNigerian will give you a break down of how the money would have been spent.
1.The total budget before is put at N254,445,322,600 that is Two hundred and fifty four billion, four hundred and forty five million, three hundred and twenty two thousand six hundred Naira.
- The money is to be drawn from the 2018 and 2019 budgets to prosecute the 2019 general election.
3 The budget for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the entire sum is N194 billion.
- Security agencies in the country, including the Office of the National Security Adviser, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigeria Police Force and the DSS, are to share the remaining amount in the budget.
4.The total police budget for the elections stands at N30.5 billion.
- The Office of the National Security Adviser, N4.2 billion.
- The Department of State Services, N12.2 billion.
- NSCDC, N3.5 billion
- the Nigeria Immigration Service, N2.6 billion.
- N7 million for the police to feed 50 horses that would be used for patrol during the elections.
- N499.5 million for hiring of speedboats.
- N87.5 million by the police for the maintenance of aircraft
- N407 million for maintenance of the vehicles to be used for election monitoring.
- N126 million by the Nigerian Immigration Service for printing name tags for its personnel that would be involved in the elections.
- N166 million was requested for pre-election training, among other sundry items.
- INEC intends hiring vehicles, acquiring generators and mattresses for staff across the country.
- INEC intends to purchase more card readers and enhance them for the elections.
- INEC intends to purchase new laptops
- Details of the spending on the elections have pitched many Nigerians against the presidency, with the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the country arguing that the said amount is too high.
- CSOs have also advocated intensive scrutiny of the proposal by the Senate.
- On August 12, 2010, the House of Representatives approved N87.7 billion for the 2011 general election.
- In 2015, though INEC proposed N93 billion, Nigeria spent a total of N108.8 billion to conduct the 2015 general elections.
- The breakdown of the amount per the 68,833,476 registered voters translated to N1,749.38 per voter or $8.33 at the exchangge rate of N210 per dollar at that time.
- The amount per Nigerian voter compared favourably to the 2011 general election budget with a provision of $9 or N1,890 per voter.
- As at June 14, of this year, 9,700,998 Nigerians have been added by INEC in its continuous voters registration exercise to the 68,833,476 registered voters in 2015 election.
- The updated voters’ register now stands at a total of 78,534,474.
- If all of this number votes on election day in 2019, then N3,240 would have been expended on an average voter for the two-day exercise.
Although the National Assembly committee had on Monday adopted a budget of N143 billion (N143,512,529,455) for the elections – as against the initial demand.
It has however, directed the electoral commission to present another budget for the approved N143 billion.
TheNigerian will bring you details of the amended budget soon.