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INEC begins preparations for 2019 general elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has confirmed that preparations towards the 2019 general elections have begun.

This was revealed by the chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, while defending INEC’s 2017 budget before the National Assembly in Abuja on Monday.

Yakubu explained that the early preparation was to ensure they are not behind schedule.

He also stated that their strategic plan for the 2019 elections, was being deliberated on at various levels of government, especially the executive arm.

The INEC chairman added that in 2018, there would be a full budget for the 2019 polls in addition to the regular budget.

He said: “At this point, we cannot put a figure to the budget for the elections (2019) until we complete the process of validating the strategic plan.

“Therefore, we are likely to approach the executive and the National Assembly for supplementary budget in this 2017.

“The supplementary aspect should incorporate something for the elections and in 2018, we will have it in the main proposals.”

INEC has been allocated N42bn in the 2017 budget.

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