Anambra MPs protest against omission of local council campaign funds in Soludo’s 2024 budget

Mr Henry Mbachu, the lawmaker representing Awka South 1st constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, has protested that the 2024 budget does not include allocation for the conduct of local government elections.

Governor Sold presented a budget proposal of NOK 410 billion to members of parliament on Tuesday.

Mr Mbachu’s protest may not be unrelated to Mr Sordo’s campaign promise to hold parliamentary polls before the 2021 elections.

Speaking at Wednesday’s plenary session, he said: “Looking at the budget estimates presented, it is clear that there is no intention to hold local elections next year.

“On page 475, the budget of the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission for this financial year is N89.12 million and the projected budget for next year is N129.12 million.

“We have seen that there is no feasibility or preparation for next year’s local government elections. What I am very concerned about is that this tier of government will be hit hard because local government elections are not being held. Because I am receiving.

“Local government, as the third tier of government, is the bedrock of governance. Leadership and political guidance rests heavily with this tier of government, and it should be supported accordingly. We appreciate your consideration. However, the budget can proceed to second deliberation.


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