The 2019 general elections are fast approaching but funds needed to execute the elections are yet to be released.

To this effect, the National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission is to resume deliberations on Monday next week.

Members of the committee are expected to take a decision as to whether to approve the virement request of N143bn contained in President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter to the National Assembly or the entire N189bn requested by INEC.

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A member of the committee who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the outcome of Monday’s meeting said, “Nothing has changed.

“We have yet to arrive at a conclusion as to whether it is the President’s N143bn, which he requested to be vired from projects in the 2018 budget or the entire sum of N189bn being the total requirement for the 2019 elections.

“It will be the main focus of Monday’s meeting. If you recall, the Minister of Budget and National Planning told us the last time that the executive was comfortable with anyone we chose, it shouldn’t be an issue.”

On the issue of reconvening the National Assembly, the source said, “You can’t talk about reconvening the National Assembly now when the committee on INEC has not concluded its work let alone the committee on appropriations.”

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