The Hon Finance Minister has responded to a question posed to him by members of the Opposition regarding the financing and expenditure of funds for the Multi-purpose Identification (MPID) cards.
According to Prime Minister Skerrit, the Electoral Commission requested $3,635,000.68.
That sum was for equipment, maintenance and consultation fees for the MPID system.
He detailed that for the financial year 2013/2014, $2,697,570.00 was spent.
In the following financial year 2014/2015, $937,498.00 was expended.
He gave a breakdown of those charges for that financial year.
“An amount of $937,498.00 was requested for the administration of the multipurpose identification system to include emoluments, operations cost, purchase of equipment and maintenance fees to the suppliers for the financial year 2014/2015.
"A total of $163,014 has been approved for the financial year 2014/2015. A total of $3,085,078.30 of which $3,037,256.30 has been spent on the implementation and administration of the multipurpose identification system to include purchase of equipment, emoluments of enrolment officers, consumable supplies, legal fees for consultancy on legislation, public relations and maintenance fees.
"The balance of $47,822.00 was spent for the voter management system for the period April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015,” he explained.
That sum included a budgetary allowance of $163,014.00.