Combing Kogi Election, it cost less than N10m instead of N300 Million - INEC

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The Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) has revealed that combing kogi governorship and Kogi west senatorial election that was schedulled to hold on the 16th of November 2019, would be saving over N290 million for Nigeria.

The two election, if conducted seperately, is expected to cost N300 Million will now cost the nation less than N10 Million.

The Chairman of the commision, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, revealed this at the commission’s quarterly consultative meeting with political parties in Abuja, on Tuesday.

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“In the case of Kogi West, it is a whole senatorial district that the Election Petitions Tribunal and the Court of Appeal had nullified the election conducted on Feb. 23 and ordered INEC to conduct a re-run.

“By coincidence, the judgment of the Appeal Court came very close to the governorship election. So the commission decided to combine the election with that of Kogi West Senatorial district.

“As a standalone election, the senatorial district election in seven local government areas of the state would have cost the nation over N300 million.

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“ We have to get ad hoc staff, make arrangements for transportation, accreditation of observers and also the cost on the part of the political parties and others.

“But because we are combining the election with that of the governorship, it is going to cost the nation less than N10 million, instead of over N300 million.

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“So, the commission decided to combine the two elections in order to save cost and for convenience,’’ he said.

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