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JUST IN: 2023 Elections under Threat as CBN yet to release funds to Security Agencies, INEC

With less than a week to the general elections, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, is yet to release funds to Security Agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for logistics.

The Naira-Swap policy introduced by the Apex bank has caused a serious cash crunch in the country leading to concerns that the Elections scheduled for Saturday February 25th may not hold.

The Chief Press secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi had earlier confirmed that the electoral body had already presented its cash requirement for prosecuting forthcoming elections to the CBN.

Speaking On Saturday, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu expressed confidence that the CBN will honour its cash request for the elections.

He however said that not all the operations for the conduct of the February 25 and March 11 general elections required the use of physical cash.

Yakubu allayed concerns on the current Naira scarcity on Saturday in Abuja after a tour of the training centre for INEC ad-hoc staff or presiding officers, and inspection of facilities at the national collation centre at the International Conference Centre (ICC).

He said “We visited the CBN last week on the issue of cash for payment of some of the services, not all, some of the services that we are going to engage on election day”.

“The bulk of payment for goods and services is made through electronic transfer. But there are certain critical services that will be remunerated by cash; and that’s why we went to the CBN and it’s a small percentage of the budget”.

“The Central Bank has assured us that we will not suffer any encumbrances in that regard. So there are no issues with respect to that,” Yakubu said.

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