In Summary
  • At Sh2, 400 per voter, last year's General Election was one of the most expensive in the world.
  • In 2013, IEBC splashed Sh4.6 billion on 15,000 Biometric Voter Registration Kits and Sh1.7 billion on 34,000 Electronic Voter Identification Devices.
  • At Sh47.6 billion and with only 19.6 million voters, Kenya spent almost Sh24bn more than Tanzania, which has 23,254,485 registered voters.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is proposing the reuse of election materials to cut costs.

Chairman Wafula Chebukati also wants the agency given a freehand to buy election materials locally to further manage expenses.

At Sh2, 400 per voter, last year's General Election was one of the most expensive in the world.

This expenditure by the 19,611,423 voters was Sh900 higher than what was spent by each of the 14,352,533 voters in 2013.

“We must start having a discussion now on how to re-use all the electoral materials that we used in the 2017 elections when it comes to 2022. Whether it is the voter identification and results transmission kits, or anything else that can be re-sued,” Mr Chebukati said in Nairobi yesterday when he addressed development partners at the start of a post-election evaluation meeting.

VOTER REGISTRATION KITS

In 2013, the commission splashed Sh4.6 billion on 15,000 Biometric Voter Registration Kits and Sh1.7 billion on 34,000 Electronic Voter Identification Devices (EVID).

It also bought a Results Transmission System at Sh638 million, in addition to mobile phones, modems, sim cards, projections, and other materials.

In the end, the RTS was only able to transmit presidential poll results from 14,252 of 31,981 polling stations (44.6 per cent), with the figure dropping even lower for National Assembly, county ward representatives, woman representative, senate, and governor polls.

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