February 17, 2020

IEBC requests more funds to conduct fresh presidential poll

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has requested an extra Sh3.7 billion to the Sh10 billion it already has to conduct the repeat presidential election slated for October 26.

IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba told the parliamentary committee looking into the supplementary budget that the commission needs the additional funds to cater for the KIEMS technology upgrade and additional wages to be paid to over 300,000 polling clerks who will be hired.

Mr Chiloba assured that the election infrastructure will be in place by the election date but cast doubts whether the political class will be ready for the showdown.

National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga maintained his hardline stance on his participation in the repeat presidential election slated for October 26.

Raila reiterated on Thursday that he would not participate in the showdown until NASA’s demands were met.

“You cannot expect us to do the same thing, the same way and expect a different result. You see, we are not trying to take Jubilee to the altar so that we can go and then cheer that they’ve gotten married. Kenyans will not just want any other election, just an election; that’s why we are talking about uchaguzi bora, sio bora uchaguzi,” Raila said.

The former Prime Minister indicated that the demands that must be met by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will ensure a credible poll on 26, fair to both sides of the political divide.

IEBC, Jubilee Party and the Attorney General Githu Muigai have said that IEBC officials cannot vacate office because such a move would plunge the country into anarchy.

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