On Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission made it clear that it did not receive any financial assistance in the form of cash from international development partners for the 2023 general election.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this during a meeting with Civil Society Organisations to evaluate the 2023 general election.
This clarification was provided to dispel any misconceptions that the Commission had received significant amounts of money from development partners for the election. Instead, Prof. Yakubu clarified that the Commission only received cash support from the federal government.
The chairman said, “However, it is necessary to seize this opportunity to correct the impression in some sections of the public that the Commission received huge sums of money from development partners for the election.
“On the contrary, and for the avoidance of doubt, the Commission did not receive any direct funding or cash support from international development partners.
“Indeed, it has been a longstanding policy of the present Commission not to receive direct funding and cash transfers from sources other than the federal government of Nigeria.”
He elaborated on the nature of the support, stating that it primarily consisted of technical advice, civic and voter education, organizing meetings and capacity-building workshops and publishing relevant documents.
“On this note, it is appropriate for the Commission to express its appreciation to civil society organizations and development partners for their enormous support to the Commission during the 2023 General Election.
“This came in the form of technical advice, civic and voter education, organization of meetings and capacity-building workshops, as well as the publication of documents.”