Understanding the high cost of elections | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

1/17/2022 7:23:00 AM

Understanding the high cost of elections | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

Understanding the high cost of elections | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

It is inevitable that the cost of conducting the 2023 General Elections, put at N305 billion, will elicit deep concern by the media and civil society.

In expressing their disquiet, the media and civil society must be mirroring the concern and frustrations of the larger Nigerian society. From N112.9 billion in 2011, INEC expended N242 billion in 2019. It is now asking for N305 billion to conduct the 2023 general elections. This is quite a quantum leap.

Given the dwindling revenues accruing to the Federal Government, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, most Nigerians would argue that this amount could be deployed to other areas of desperate need such as the education, health and transport sectors or used to address insecurity. It must rankle that these elections come with challenges in their aftermath. They are seldom wholesome at the end of the day. Neither do they translate into outright delivery of good governance or a substantial improvement in the weal of Nigerians.

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