By Ben Agande
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is to receive N46,423,833,865 from the federal purse in 2011 for its preparations for the general elections.
This is in addition to the N86 billion it had earlier been given from the federal coffers for the purchase of the Direct Datya Capturing machines as well as the preparations for the compilation of a fresh voters register.
The 2011 budget submitted to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan indicates that the electoral body would spend N38,278,955,577 on recurrent expenditures while N7,114,878,288 would be spent on capital projects.
Of the money voted for the commission in the 2011 budget, N607,688,927 is for the purchase of additional utility vehicles while N135,568,418 and N136,450,000 are to be expended on fuelling and maintenance of the vehicles respectively.
The commission is to spend N69,709,547 on purchase of new furniture while N78,085,501 is to be spent on new generators and N128,049,414 for procurement.
Publicity and advertisements for the commission’s activities in 2011 are to gulp N315,388,674; N40 million is to be disbursed for purchase of newspapers and magazines; information technology consultants are to enjoy N90,273,771 patronage and another N135,156,285 is to be expended on maintenance of information and technology equipment in INEC offices while N135,567,234 is for procurement of computer consumables and office stationery.
Financial consultants are to get N136,498,000 while N54 million is earmarked for legal services.
Salaries and wages are to take N13,395,209,797,while honorarium and sitting allowance would gulp N77,308; refreshments and meals, N63,110,370; welfare packages, N18,270,000; residential rent for officials, N90,000,000, and N45,280,097 on telephone charges.
International travels, along with related items are to cost N226,783,125 while N360,647,172 is to be expended on local travels, transport training and other related items while local training is N225 million while international training for INEC officials would consume N270,630,000.