The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has condemned the N305bn budget proposed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the cost to effectively conduct the 2023 general elections.
In a statement attributed to the Coordinator of NANS in the Southwest, Emmanuel Olatunji, he stated that the amount was unfeasible considering the current economic situation of the country.
“Consequently, we admonish both INEC and the Federal Government to adopt astute patriotism to the country by looking for the nearest most appropriate solution to this potential quagmire.”
The association further implored President Buhari to reconsider his stance regarding the entrenchment of direct primaries in the Electoral Act.
It read “We also implore the Presidency to eliminate all forms of sentiments and subjectivity in all their dealings with INEC, which includes the incorporation of INEC’s allocation into the national budget.
“We affirm our conviction in the direct primary procedure as it will allow only politicians who are truly popular at the grassroots level to emerge as party candidates.
“However, we also concur that political parties should be able to unilaterally determine their choice of technique in line with their respective ideologies,”