By Dayo Benson, Political Editor
Section 155 of Electoral Act 2006, states that:
(1) TheÂ Â CommissionÂ Â mayÂ Â prescribe:
(a) a scale of remuneration for officers appointed under this Act for the conduct of elections;
(b) a scale of maximum charges in respect of other expenses incurred by an Electoral Officer, a Presiding Officer or aÂ Â Â Â Returning Officer in connection with an election, and may revise the scale as it thinks fit or expedient.
(2) An Electoral Officer, Presiding Officer, or Returning Officer shall, in addition to any remuneration prescribed under paragraph
(a) of subsection (1 ).of this Section be entitled to such sums in respect of expenses not exceeding the prescribed scale, in connection with the conduct of an election as are reasonable.
(3)Â TheÂ CommissionÂ Â mayÂ Â payÂ such honoraria as it may determine to all other persons and officers who may be involved in one way or the other in conducting an election under this Act, or in carrying out any task in connection with an election or election petition arising there from.
(4) All fees and other remuneration approved under subsection (I) of this Section shall be charged upon the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation and shall be paid in such manner as the Commission deems fit.
Today, it is exactly 120 days to February 6, 2010 governorship election in Anambra State.
The Electoral Act 2006 which is the law guiding the processes leading to the poll and its conduct proper, stipulates in S. 32 that all political parties must submit their candidate names not later than today.
But beyond this, a question arises: does the Independent National Electoral Commission, INECÂ have budgetary provision for this election? Did the 2009 budget anticipate Anambra governorship election? If not, is there a supplementary budget for it?