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Published On: Tue, Jan 6th, 2015

Funds threaten February polls, says Reps c’ttee

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House of Representatives reps logoBy Ahmed Abubakar

Barely five weeks to the February 14 polls, the Executive arm of Government has been accused for non remittance of adequate fund to the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), to facilitate the conduct of the elections.

Stating this to the Hausa service of the BBC yesterday, the Chairman House Committee on Election Matters, Honourable Jerry Manye, declared that only N45 billion was appropriated to INEC against the N120 billion the Commission requested for the 2015 polls.

Manye said by now, the Executive arm of the Federal Government should have at least released the sum of N75 billion to INEC if indeed there is sincerity of purpose for a free, fair and credible election in the February polls.

He noted that the delay in the release of funds to the commission would no doubt hamper the credibility of the conduct of the election and this would only confirm the perceived fear by some people over the federal government sincerity.

Certain section of the society have already started expressing the fear that strangulation of funds to INEC is a deliberate effort to restrain it from performing it’s duties optimally.

Findings by our reporter showed that the slow pace at which the Permanent Voters Card (PVC’s) is being issued across the country may not be unconnected with the lack of enough funds by the Commission.

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