The Senate will on Tuesday, pass the 2022 Appropriation Bill currently pending in the National Assembly for consideration and approval
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano North), made the disclosure while briefing journalists, after a meeting with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
Yakubu and the management team of the Commission were at the Senate on the invitation of the Committee, to get the Commission’s needs for the general elections included in the 2022 Appropriation Bill.
Jibrin said: “The presentation and consideration (of the 2022 budget) will be tomorrow (Tuesday). We have been waiting for them (INEC) and they have given the detailed information of what they need.
“We are proceeding to put together our report for onward submission to the plenary tomorrow (Tuesday). We are presenting it tomorrow and it is going to be considered tomorrow as well by the Grace of God.”
Speaking earlier during a session with the Committee, Yakubu told the lawmakers that INEC would need N305 billion for the conduct of the 2023 general elections as well as off-circle elections scheduled for 2022.
He, however, said that the N100 billion provided in the budget was grossly inadequate, stressing the need for additional N205 billion.
In an effort to convince the lawmakers on the need for the proposed increase, the INEC Chairman explained that the electoral umpire had eight bye elections pending, including Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.
Yakubu told the Committee further that the Commission did not make provision for the controversial direct primaries, adding that the Commission only made provision for all that was in the Electoral Act as approved.