In Summary
  • The high cost of the election is partly due to the fact that ballot papers are printed abroad and within strict deadlines.
  • The IEBC purchased some expensive technological Kenya Integrated Elections Management Systems kits ahead of the elections.

After spending more than Sh70 billion in this year’s General Election and repeat presidential poll, Kenyans are waking up to the price they have to pay for democracy.

And that is besides the amount used every year to finance the main political parties.

It also includes the extra money given to the spy agency National Intelligence Services (NIS), which was allocated Sh3.2 billion ahead of the repeat presidential election.

The police, through the Interior ministry, also received Sh4.6 billion, bringing to more than Sh20 billion the amount used for the repeat presidential poll.

IEBC
The Sh60 billion used directly by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) means it spent Sh3,000 on each of the 19 million registered voters to exercise their democratic right.

The money is equivalent to what the Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) lent Kenya to fund construction of the Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo road or the bailout that Kenya Airways was seeking.

It is also more than half of the Sh120 billion that all 47 counties spent on salaries and allowances in the last financial year.

BUDGET
Initially, the government had budgeted for Sh50 billion for the August 8 elections, with Sh5.3 billion set aside for security operations and policing.

That the extra money used to finance the repeat election was a blow to the government could be deduced from President Kenyatta’s reactions on the campaign trail and after the Supreme Court ordered a fresh presidential poll.

President Kenyatta continually criticised the opposition supremo Raila Odinga and his National Super Alliance (Nasa) for quitting the race after the government had budgeted Sh12 billion for the election.

BALLOT PAPERS
The high cost of the election is partly due to the fact that ballot papers are printed abroad and within strict deadlines.

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