Chairman of the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof.
Attahiru Jega has said INEC would
require a whopping N92.904billion to
conduct the 2015 general elections. He
also hinted that the Commission is
working towards conducting the
coming general elections between
January and February 2015, just as he
said that elections would not hold in
Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states
where there is state of emergency, if
the security situation in those areas did
not improve before the election.
Jega stated that the Commission
currently has a total of 73.5 million
registered voters for the 2015 elections
for which INEC would spend $7.9 each
The total conservative amount of
N92.904billion required by INEC for the
conduct of the 2015 elections, is an
increase of about $7.9billion from a
total of $85billion given to the
Commission by the Federal
Government from the Special Fund
Account, to conduct the 2011 polls.
INEC had spent $8.8 per voter in 2011,
representing almost a 10 percent
increase in the $7.9 which would be
expended on each voter in the coming
The INEC Chairman if he so chooses
may analyse the N95 billion more than
he has already, it still doesn’t justify
the amount to be spent of the forth
coming 2015 elections.
I understand that with the population
of Nigeria, a lot of money will be
inevitably spent of conducting
elections, however the 93 billion being
proposed is an insane amount.
In a country that grossly lacks
infrastructural development and 75%
of its citizens still live below a dollar a
day, it is preposterous to spend such
an amount on elections.(that will most
likely not end up being free and fair.)
We pray and hope so.