Regarding the issue, INEC’s Deputy Director in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Nick Dazang, said that the cost of not conducting the election on Saturday was enormous. He said this was because the commission had fully mobilised for the exercise and was fully prepared for the exercise.
Dazang said, “Also, we had moblised (before the cancellation). The cost implication of shifting the election would be huge. We are talking of more than N100m on the part of the commission. This is different from what the developmental partners have invested, the non-government organisations, media and others. The politicians have also invested in this election.
“For example, most of our personnel have returned to the headquarters, except the ad hoc workers who will stay back. Money paid to hotel is one of the cost we are losing. We have budgeted and paid for them. How do we get refund for most of these?”