2015: INEC To Spend $7.9 Each On 73.5m Electorate

The Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Monday, said the agency proposed to spend at least, $7.9 on each of the 73.5m electorate captured in its register, which would be used for the 2015 general elections in the country.

The amount is  estimated at N93bn when converted to naira and multiplied by the numbers of the electorate.

Jega  stated this at a statekeholders forum organised by the Senate Committee on INEC  in collaboration with Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Abuja, and the United Kingdom Department for International Development.

He also hinted that the poll might be conducted either in January or latest  early February 2015.

He said, “Our estimate is that the cost of election per voter, which is an international standard for viewing the cost of elections is coming down in Nigeria. We project that for the 2015 elections, this would come further down by almost $1 from $8.8 in 2011 to $7.9, representing almost a 10% drop.

“This compares favorably with some other African countries. However, we are anxious about getting all our funding requirements being met well in advance of the 2015 general elections.”

He said the country spent about $8 per voter in 2011, which, according to him, is normal.

He noted that Ghana, in its last election, spent between $10-12 per a voter while Kenya spent between $8-9, adding that the $8 spent in the country was globally acceptable.

Jega described funding as one of the challenges facing the commission as it prepares for the 2015 elections for the 73.5 million eligible voters.

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