The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it lost over N100m to the shifted governorship election in Edo.
The election that was scheduled for Saturday, September 10, was cancelled because of the security advice given to the Commission by the Department of State Services and the Police.
The election is now to take place on September 28.
Before the cancellation, the Commission said it had deployed 18,511 personnel in the state.
The state, which is made up of 18 local government areas, has 1,925,105 registered voters. It also has 192 registration areas, 2,627 polling units, and 4,011 voting points.
The Commission had deployed one returning officer, 18 local government area collation officers, 192 registration area collation officers, 263 supervisory presiding officers and 2,627 presiding officers.
It also deployed 12,036, assistant presiding officers I, II and III, 2,530 assistant presiding officers, 728 reserve APOs, 19 LGA supervisors and one reserve and 97 RA cluster supervisors and 1 reserve (2RAs/Supervisor) at the national headquarters.
INEC’s Deputy Director in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Nick Dazang, said in Abuja on Saturday, that the cost of not conducting the election was enormous.
He said this was because the Commission had fully mobilised and was fully prepared for the exercise.
Dazang added that all the officers mobilised for the exercise had been asked to return to their various units and offices, adding that only the ad hoc workers, who were recruited from the state, were asked to stay behind.
Before the election was cancelled, he said the Commission had booked hotels, paid for feeding and made other payments needed for the comfort of the personnel to enable them perform their duties.
He regretted that all the money was likely going to be lost.
He said, “Also, we had moblised (before the cancellation). The cost implication of shifting the election would be huge. We are talking of more than N100m on the part of the Commission.
“This is different from what the developmental partners have invested, the non-government organisations, media and others. The politicians have also invested in this election.
“For example, most of our personnel have returned to the headquarters, except the ad hoc workers who will stay back. Money paid to hotel is one of the cost we are losing. We have budgeted and paid for them. How do we get refund for most of these?”