The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has spent between N3 million and N 4.5 million to prosecute each pending case in various Court 20 months after it conducted the 2019 general elections.
The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, explained this while defending the agency’s 2021 budget estimate before the Senate Committee on INECon Wednesday.
He stated that commission is battling with over 1,700 cases in various courts across the country.
He stressed that the Commission is involved each time anyone goes to court, INEC is joined to seek justice.
“Each time anyone goes to court, INEC is joined , but we have to hire lawyers to defend us.
“We are not paying fantastic fee, we are applying the federal ministry of justice scale of fees.
“If for instance, you have a case for governorship election before the Supreme Court, it’s a maximum of N4.5 million but others could be as low as N3 million.
“We are almost getting close to 1,700 pre-election and post-election cases in 2019 alone, and every day you hear people going to court and joining INEC .
“We will continue to do what we can within available resources.” he said.
Prof. Yakubu insisted that Commission cannot be independent unless it is financially independent.
“There are some activities that happen that are time bound or bound by some specific provisions of the constitution that the Commission has to undertake.
“The fund was established to allow the Commission to discharge those responsibilities .