INEC spends N1, 300 per voter card – Jega

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, has said in its current projection, the cost per voter in the February elections is $7.90 (over N1,300.00) bringing the total cost for the 68 million voters to about N90.2 billion.

He said the figure is $1.10 higher than that of the 2011 elections, despite the enormous technology it is currently deploying into the electoral process.

Mr. Jega stated in a paper he presented through a National Commissioner in the Commission, Lai Olurode, at a conference in Abuja on Thursday.

The two-day conference was organised by Savannah Centre and CSIS Partnership on Nigeria’s National Election.

INEC had on Tuesday announced that about 68 million Nigerians were expected to vote in the February 14 and 28 elections.

“By our projection, next month’s election would cost less per voter than was the 2011 elections,” he said.

“In 2015, our projection is $7.90, the enormous technology that we are deploying into the electoral process, notwithstanding.”

Mr. Jega said like other government agencies, INEC was still facing funding challenges because of competing interests and diverse concerns of government, but that “the good news is that we have no cause to entertain doubts.”

According to him government agencies had been supportive as they did in 2011 and that there was an increasing awareness of the centrality of elections for the nation’s development.

He expressed commitment of the Commission “to transparency in the management of resources that are allocated to us and we make sure we get maximum returns on our investments.”

Mr. Jega said the electoral body was being selective in its procurement process and that it was doing pilot testing as much as practicable.

He said training temporary and permanent staff was key to the success of any election. He said there was need for all to be familiar with changes and innovations that were being brought bear on the electoral process.

“At an average of four ad hoc staff per voting point and with about 160,000 of such voting points, the commission will have to train close to 650,000 personnel.

“The logistics and cost requirements to train this number are huge and could be challenging. It is expected that as we engage more of those with previous experiences in election administration, more professionalism will certainly be infused into the electoral process. We will also continue to tap into the stocked assets of previously trained and engaged ad hoc staff.”


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    Another rip off. No noise will be made because he is of their stock. Technological rigging that lai muhammed will ignore and hate to talk about. Selective amnesia

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    Very expensive. That thing should cost just about $1.00 each, i.e. less than 200 Naira per person.

  • Yusuf

    Jega u don find good business. During last election computers worth less than N50,000 were procured at a cost above N150,000 each, na wa for this Nija

  • Abiodun Olumide Ajayi

    #1300 is nothing and is not too much to produce a voter card that is just about £6 per card to me if it is not produce localy though it is suppose to be produced locally. All what we want it to make it available to all legitimate voter’s sekena!!

  • pharaoh

    Exodus 9 vs 12–God hardened the heart of pharaoh. Exodus 10 vs 20–God hardened the heart of pharaoh. Exodus 10 vs 27—-God hardened the heart of pharaoh. Exodus 11 vs 10—-God hardened the heart of pharaoh. Exodus 14 vs 8—–God hardened the heart of pharaoh. Exodus 14 vs 17—–God hardened the heart of pharaoh.

    It was clear to all discerning minds that Pharaoh didn’t obey Moses’ instruction of “let my people go that they may serve me”,because God had hardened pharaoh’s heart. On one hand,God gave instruction to moses,and on the other hand God hardened the heart of pharaoh. Why? It amounts to double-speak and double standards. God had purposed in his heart to destroy pharaoh,and he yet sent moses to deliver an instruction God will not allow pharaoh to obey.

  • Jonah

    Reading through Jonah’s story,I realized that God is predictable. At least Jonah had correctly predicted God and his course of action on Nineveh —Jonah 4 vs 1,2,3 and 4. The problem with God in the story of Jonah is making Jonah suffer more than the sinful people of Nineveh. Also,Jonah didn’t disobey God as it is widely rumoured by believers in christ. Jonah knew God’s line and school of thoughts. Jonah saw his journey to Nineveh as a mission that will not result in the complete destruction of Nineveh and her people as God had spoken,and Jonah therefore initially refused to go. Jonah a god knows the immediate end of Nineveh before he eventually journeyed there.

  • MaskedPhantom

    Using biblical allegory to synthesize what is fundamentally a spiritual paradox is unlikely to distill the true meaning of God’s eternal laws: we forgive ourselves when we forgive others; we destroy evil and wickedness when we refuse to surrender to the gale forces of darkness. Therein we prove not only the GOODNESS of God, but also we realize the words of the sages “know ye not that ye are God?”

  • Am a god

    Psalm 82 vs 6.