The Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded its meeting and reduced the budget it earlier adopted for the 2019 elections.
The committee had on Monday adopted a budget of N143 billion (
N143,512,529,455) for the elections but at its final meeting on Thursday, it reduced the amount by N200,272,500 (two hundred million, two hundred and seventy-two thousand, five hundred naira) only.
Also, the lawmakers recommended that the funds be sourced from the other service-wide votes under the special intervention programme, to avoid inflating the 2018 budget.
According to them, the recommendation will be forwarded to the National Assembly leadership and the Committee on Appropriation for consideration.