INEC to save over N290 million on conduct of Kogi Governorship poll and Senatorial rerun same day.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is expected to save more than N290 million for fixing  the Kogi West Senatorial District rerun for same day with the governorship election.

National Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this in Abuja  during the quarterly consultative meeting with parties.

According to him,  the commission fixed the senatorial election to go with the governorship poll, considering how convenient it would be and how economical.

The INEC boss said “the commission would have had to pay new costs on logistics if it would conduct the senatorial election separately, but with the new arrangement, many of such costs had been blended into the governorship arrangement.

“As a stand-alone election, the senatorial district poll in seven local governments would have cost the nation well over N300million; we’ll have to get ad-hoc workers, make arrangement for transportation, accredit observers, political parties, then also the cost on the part of the parties and others.

“But because we are combining the election with the governorship election, it’s going to cost the nation less than N10million, instead of over N300million. The commission decided to combine both elections to save cost and for convenience”.