– The federal government’s treatment of the funding of the 2019 polls has led to some worries in the House of Representatives
– Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House, in a meeting with the leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly and INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, wondered why the issue was treated as an emergency
– Dogara, however expressed his confidence that the legislature is committed to free, fair and credible general polls come 2019
Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives, on Thursday, August 9, said that the federal government was treating the 2019 general election as an emergency, Vanguard reports.
Dogara spoke at the meeting of the leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly with chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to consider funding the request made by President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 elections.
In the meeting of the NASS leadership, he expressed concerns about the seeming emergency approach being taken by the presidency with respect to the polls
He said: “As leaders of the National Assembly, we are committed to appropriating whatever is needed within the confines of the resources of the nation for INEC to be able to actualise this and that is why this meeting is important.
“However, personally, I have some questions that I intend to raise, but I will raise these in the process of discussion because it appears that we are treating this 2019 election as an emergency, which it ought not to be, so that is just my concern.”
Moreover, he stated that the legislature was committed to free, fair and credible general polls in 2019. Acknowledging the gains recorded during the last election cycle in 2015, the speaker, however, urged the INEC to ensure the standards were improved.
Dogara said: “I want to reiterate that we are committed to an electoral process that will better our experiences of our 2015 general elections.”
Meanwhile, eagleee.com reported that the deputy speaker of the House, Yussuff Lasun, on Thursday, August 9, announced that the NASS would reconvene on Tuesday, August 14.
Lasun said that the agenda would primarily be the presidential budget request to fund INEC’s operations for the 2019 election