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#2015: We do not lack funds – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC
has dismissed rumors that it does not have sufficient
funds to conduct 2015 elections successfully.
The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr.
Kayode Idowu said the commission has no reason to
complain about funds.
Earlier, INEC’s chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, reportedly
said inadequate funding was a challenge that was
threatening the conduct of the forthcoming elections.
However, the press secretary stated that the
commission appreciated the cooperation and goodwill it
enjoyed from all the arms of government, although he
admitted that all the funds needed to fully plan for the
2015 elections had not been released, Idowu expressed
his optimism that the Federal Government would meet
the needs of the electoral body, Punch reports.
He said, “What the INEC chairman said was that funds
could be a threat to timely positioning. As it is well
known, monies from budget are released in tranches,
not wholesale.
“In 2011, we were not able to track down how much
money political candidates expended in their
campaigns toward the election. There were no
structures in place to the tracking of political parties’
expenditures.”
He added, “I think a major positive note from the
primaries conducted by various political parties is that
the elections were largely successful without violence.
Going forward, politicians should ensure that 2015
elections are devoid of violence. If they do, we are
coasting home with the desired results.”
Meanwhile, INEC has said it would start to re-validate
and upgrade its ad hoc staff recruitment data-bank in
preparation for the forthcoming general elections.

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