The Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committees on Electoral Matters have adopted N143bn as the workable budget for the 2019 polls.
The committee members, just rising from a meeting at the National Assembly, rejected the earlier version of N189.2bn, a combination of the N143bn and another N45.6bn proposed to be vired from the 2019 budget.
The lawmakers said they would stick to only N143bn.
The National Assembly Joint Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) adopted President Muhammadu Buhari’s N143bn budget request for 2019 General Elections, as against the commission’s N198bn request.
The chairman of the joint committee, Senator Suleiman Nazif, made this known after about 30 minutes’ joint session on Monday in Abuja.
He asked the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to appear before it on Tuesday by 1p.m. to present its budget afresh to reflect N143bn rather than the N189bn earlier submitted.
“The joint committee has sat and deliberated the position to adopt the N143bn as presented by Mr. President.
“It is also the wish of this committee that INEC re-present their budget of N143bn as requested by Mr. President.