Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said that the commission did not receive any direct funding or cash support from international development partners.
Yakubu said the clarifications became necessary to correct the impression that the commission received funding support from development partners for the 2023 general election.
He spoke on Monday at a meeting with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Abuja, as part of the commission’s post-election review.
INEC Chairman said it was the commission’s policy not to receive direct funding or cash transfers from sources other than the federal government.
According to him, the support received from international partners came in the form of technical advice, civic and voter education, organisation of meetings and capacity-building workshops, as well as the publication of documents.
Meanwhile, the INEC chairman said the commission received 538 requests –504 domestic and 34 foreign– for accreditation as observers in the build-up to the 2023 elections.