The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday has told Nigerians to expect, the timetable and schedule of activities for the end of tenure governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States scheduled to hold later then in the year.
The INEC boss, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement while defending the Commission’s 2019 budget proposal before a joint session of the Senate Committee on INEC and House Committee on Electoral matters.
Yakubu, who proposed a budget of N45.4 billion, explained that there would be two end of tenure elections into the offices of the governors in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
“This year towards the end of the year we are going to conduct governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsea.”
He added: “Let me seize this opportunity here to say before the end of this week INEC will issue a timetable and schedule of activities for the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states”.
He said: “For 2019, we were presented with an envelope of N45.5 billion as our regular budget. This is the same envelope as in 2018 only slightly better than the envelopes of several years before them.
“In 2017, it was 45 billion in 2016 it was 45 billion naira and in 2018 it was increased marginally to 45.5 billion and the same envelope was presented to the Commission in 2018 and 2019.”
“I will say for the 2018 financial year we were fully funded. We were on the first line charge so in terms of the releases from the executive to the Commission we were fully funded,” the INEC boss said.
The chairman Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif, commended INEC for a job well done in the just concluded 2019 general elections even as he noted that there were concerns that should be addressed going forward