Election logistics: CBN has provided substantial part of cash needed, says INEC


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has provided the bulk of the cash it requested for the payment of critical service providers.


Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairperson, announced the development on Thursday during a media briefing at the national collation centre in Abuja.


There have been concerns that the ongoing naira scarcity may affect the payment of persons providing logistics services for the commission.


The INEC chairperson had also said the commission, as a result of recent developments in the economy, had to consult with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) and was assured of availability of petroleum product for the polls.


 “Likewise, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) assured us that it will provide us with the small amount of cash we require from our budget to cash payment to some critical service providers for the election. I must reiterate that the bulk of payment for goods and services are still paid for by electronic transfer,” he said.


“The bulk of the small amount of cash that we have requested from the Central Bank of Nigeria is right now being released to the commission’s offices nationwide.


“In fact, a substantial part of it has already been received by our offices nationwide. And this has greatly facilitated the movement of sensitive materials yesterday from the branches of the central bank to our local government areas.”


Yakubu also said sensitive materials have been delivered to the states and are only between one and two levels away from the polling units.


“We have completed arrangements with the transport unions for the final leg of the movement of personnel and materials to the polling units. They have assured us of their readiness to provide all the vehicular needs of the commission for the election,” he said.


“I want to assure Nigerians that we are adequately prepared for this election. We remain fully committed to a free, fair and credible process.


“I want to once again declare that our allegiance is only to Nigerians. Our commitment is to ensure that in this election, we put everything in place for free choice, fair contest, and credible outcome.”


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