Kenya is set to be set back a whopping KSh12 billion as the IEBC presents its repeat presidential elections budget.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati has reportedly already requested for the money from the National Treasury in order for preparations to begin for the election due in 35 days.
“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.
The electoral commission chief and his commissioners have also headed to Naivasha for a retreat aimed at ironing out their differences which have made headlines over the past few days.
The repeat presidential elections budget, as reported by The Star, will address election materials including ballot papers and transport, the enhancement of electoral technology and the wages of polling officials.
For election materials, the commission set aside KSh1.3 billion. It estimates that the acquisition of new ballot papers and the register would cost KSh541 million.
The Chebukati-led team has also allocated KSh84.5 million for what it calls diaspora and factory visits as it plans to visit the country where the ballot papers will be printed.
It, however, remains unclear whether the IEBC intends to use the controversial Dubai-based printer Al Ghurair which handled the first election’s papers.
KSh2.9 billion was put for the training of polling officials and hiring of equipment during training.
The IEBC plans to hire 40,883 presiding officers, 40,883 deputy presiding officers, 135,038 clerks, 580 ICT support and 290 constituency logistics assistants.
“All staff engaged during the General Election will be retained, except those at the County level. Polling clerks will be reduced to three per polling station. Therefore a polling station will have a PO [presiding officer], DPO [deputy presiding officer] and 3 clerks. A queuing clerk will be hired for centers with more than two polling stations,” said Chebukati in his budget to the Treasury.
KSh1.49 billion will be used for technology enhancement, KSh2.39 billion for polling officials’ wages, and KSh1.9 billion for transport at the county levels while KSh214 million was earmarked as “tallying center expenses”.
Finally, the IEBC intends to set aside KSh273 million for legal services, including KSh52 million for a fresh presidential petition response, KSh172 million for what it terms “verification of response documents” and KSh35 million for oathing of election officials.