Thursday, August 28, 2003

Okereke wants INEC probed

As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) planned to audit accounts of political parties, the former National Chairman of the All Peoples Liberation Party (PLP), Chief Emmanuel Okereke has called on the commission to give account of its finances.

"INEC should also be made to explained why it brought assorted flashy vehicles, including jeeps and Peugeot 604s at the expense of funding the electoral system properly, he said.

Chief Okereke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that INEC had released only 30 percent or N730 million of the funds earmarked by government for the funding of political parties during the last general elections.

He said APLP was ready to be audited, but insisted that the exercise should begin with the top three political parties PDP, ANPP and AD.

"We are ready to entertain any audit query and to make our report card public," he said, pointing out that the APLP had submitted its statement of accounts to INEC.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had distbursed N9 million grant to each of the three leading political parties, while the rest were given N6 million each to organise their national conventions and fund election campaigns.