And while the BVR system was used in voter registration last year, the commission discarded the EVIDs, the RTS and the use of BVR on Election Day, choosing a new technology — the Kenya Integrated Elections Management Systems (Kiems) to identify voters and transmit results.
The IEBC procured 45,000 of them at Sh2.4 billion. Out of its total budget in the 2017 polls, IEBC used Sh5.5 billion as capital investment on the purchase of technological gadgets and equipment.
“This idea of wasting election materials, we must discuss. If for example we do not spend money on the upgrade of the Kiems kit software in 2021, people will turn up, and demand new ones. And then we will have to spend billions again. We should be able to re-use all that is re-usable,” Mr Chebukati said.
Compared to Kenya, Ghana conducted its 2016 polls at Sh1, 200 for each of her 15.7 million registered voters, while Rwanda in August 2017 conducted one of the cheapest on the continent — with less than one dollar for each of the 6.8 million voters.
At Sh47.6 billion and with only 19.6 million voters, Kenya spent almost Sh24 billion more than Tanzania, which has 23,254,485 registered voters.
Mr Chebukati also raised an issue with the national Treasury, saying it has failed to facilitate the establishment of an IEBC Fund, an avenue he said could give the commission an opportunity to spend money long before the elections as opposed to the current situation where money is released shortly before polling.
Yesterday, Mr Chebukati also revisited his proposal to the National Assembly to reduce the number of commissioners from the current seven to a minimum of three and a maximum of seven.
“We have also agreed that we need to take lead as the election managers. We should not have a situation where we are waiting for parliament to legislate then we implement. It should be the other way round,” he said.