INEC And NASS Leadership Discuss 2019 Election Budget
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has briefed the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara at a special hearing on INEC’s budget for the 2019 general elections.
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It will be recalled that Naija News had earlier reported that the Senate President in his remarks at a World Press Conference he addressed on Wednesday, promised that the National Assembly will do what is necessary within its power to ensure that the 2019 elections held without any hitch.
“We stand committed to doing our utmost as lawmakers to ensure that the responsibility and functionality of governance are met. Although we are on annual break, we are daily reviewing the situation and are alive to the responsibility to take action as necessary,” he said.
Recall that the National Assembly leadership meeting with INEC was expected to hold on Tuesday but for the occupation of the NASS complex by security operatives from the Department of State Services.
“Unfortunately, yesterday’s shutdown prevented us from meeting with INEC, as scheduled, to address funding concerns. We will continue to look into the matter,” Saraki said.
He also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to append signature on the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
“In the spirit of that, we also appeal to Mr. President to sign the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill which has been sent for his assent.
“I remain confident in the support of my colleagues and their focus on the job at hand, which is to serve the Nigerian people.
“My confidence is unshaken. I remain committed to the success of the historic 8th National Assembly, and to the continued progress of our country,” he said.