Forget what you heard, repeat elections to cost Shs 12billion

A bulk of the budget will go towards enhancing technology

A voter casts a ballot in a previous election. PHOTO: CAPITALFM has established exactly how much the repeat presidential election planned for October 17 will cost, after chairman Wafula Chebukati and his team retreated in Naivasha to iron out their differences.

The repeat polls called by the Supreme Court will cost a whopping Sh12 billion and the commission has already written to the National Treasury requesting that the money be availed as soon as possible so they can prepare well for the election that is only 35 days away.

IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe, chairman Wafula Chebukati and CEO Ezra Chiloba after a meeting with presidential candidates on June 15, 2017 PHOTO: MONICAH MWANGI/THE STAR

The Kenyan election is among the most expensive in the world due to the systems put in place, a lot of checks and balances caused by mistrust.

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In the last poll which was rendered invalid, null and void, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) spent Sh42 billion.

According to a report by the Star, enhancement of electoral technology, polling officials’ wages, election materials including ballot papers and transport, will consume the bulk of the cash.

The poll body plans to spend Sh1.49 billion to enhance technology, Sh2.39 billion for polling officials’ wages, and Sh1.9 billion for transport at the county levels.

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Sh1.3 billion would be spent on the acquisition of election materials including ballot papers, Sh2.9 billion on training of polling officials and hiring of equipment during training, while Sh214 million have been earmarked as “tallying centre expenses”.

“A draft budget has been presented to the National Treasury for consideration. We expect expeditious allocation of funds to allow for implementation of the key tasks ahead, especially those related to ICT and training,” said Chebukati.

At the core of the Supreme Court ruling that nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory were illegalities and irregularities in the results transmission.

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To save its badly dented image, Chebukati and his team intends to allocate Sh1.49 billion for technology, especially enhancement of the results transmission system.

Sh136 million will be spent on ICT security, Sh147 million on back end and technical support, while Sh516 million would go towards network and communication.

Opposition chief Raila Odinga insists the IEBC servers were hacked and results doctored in President Kenyatta’s favour although French contractors have come out to deny the claims.