INEC Demands N6bn to Feed Policemen during 2019 General Elections


INEC adopts new method to check vote buying.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is demanding the sum of N6bn to feed policemen during the 2019 general elections. The demand was made in the budget for the general elections presented to the House of Representatives by the commission on Wednesday, August 15, The Punch reports.

Surprised by the figure, the lawmakers have asked the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, to defend the amount requested.

Members of the House of Representatives' committee on electoral matters are meeting with the commission to discuss the budget for the 2019 general elections. The punch reports that INEC ‘s chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, is in attendance at the meeting which was chaired by Aisha Dukku. Meanwhile, polling booths are henceforth to be position in a way to make it difficult for people to see how voters cast their votes during elections, a Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), announced in Awka on Monday, August 13.

Nkwachukwu Orji, the REC in charge of Anambra, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that the measure was to make it impossible for anyone to know who a voter voted for.

The measure comes against the backdrop of massive vote-buying reported in recent elections in the country, including the governorship election in Ekiti, which analysts said, was characterised by vote-buying.

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