Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega has decried the N45billion envelope budget sent to National Assembly by the Budget Office, saying the figure is far less than what the commission requires for the conduct of 2015 elections.
Jega stated this in Abuja on Monday at an Interactive Session with Editors and News Directors.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that INEC had requested for N93 billion in the 2014 Appropriation Bill to conduct the 2015 elections.
He said that fund needed by the commission to conduct elections appeared much but justifiable.
“Our figure may appear huge but we can defend every aspect of it”, he said.
The INEC boss stressed that the commission’s request had always been granted by the National Assembly, adding: “We are optimistic that we will get our fund before 2015”.