The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu has declared that one billion naira will not be enough for it to conduct Edo and Ondo governorship elections next year.
Yakubu spoke while defending the agency’s 2020 budget estimates before the National Assembly’s Joint Committee on INEC in Abuja on Thursday. Forty billion naira has been voted for INEC in the 2020 Budget.
The INEC chairman told the Committee that other supplementary elections may arise aside from the Edo and Ondo elections. Yakubu said the Commission has saved over three million naira by combining Kogi West Senatorial bye-election with the Governorship poll.
He said apart from increasing the allowance of his workers, he is determined to increase their wages in order to motivate them to resist inducements from unscrupulous politicians.