The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that it would require N137.4 billion to extend ongoing voter registration to polling unit level across the country.
Chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known at a meeting between the commission’s management and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Kaduna on Wednesday.
Yakubu said that the cost was calculated based on five staff members currently deployed for the exercise in INEC offices in the 774 local government areas in the country.
He said that the cost comprised daily expenditure of N1, 379, 689,000, variable cost of N4, 323,409, 080 and one-off-cost of N131, 763,990,000.
He explained that 629, 858 personnel were needed to be deployed at the polling units for the daily registration, adding that for security, “on the basis of two officers per unit, 239,946 security personnel would be required’’.
Criticisms have continue to trail the exercise across the country especially concerning malfunctioning capturing equipment.