Parliament will on Thursday consider a supplementary budget of Sh11.7 billion for IEBC to conduct the October 17 elections, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has said.
This is after details emerged over the weekend that the repeat presidential election will cost Sh12 billion with the commission having already written to the National Treasury requesting that the money be released quickly.
The August general election cost tax payers Sh42 billion.
The Supreme Court nullified the presidential election saying it was not conducted with the legal requirements of the Constitution and Election Laws.
With the new budget, IEBC will spend Sh1.49 billion for enhancement of technology, Sh2.39 billion for polling officials’ wages, and Sh1.9 billion for transport at the county levels.
Sh1.3 billion will be spent on acquisition of election materials, including ballot papers, Sh2.9 billion on training of polling officials and hire of equipment during training, while Sh214 million have been earmarked as “tallying centre expenses”.
The electoral agency has set aside Sh136 million on ICT security, Sh147 million on back end and technical support, while Sh516 million would be spent on network and communication.
According to the IEBC budget, Sh2.39 billion will be spent to pay 217,674 temporary staff that will be engaged on October 17.
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.
NASA MPs boycotted the first sitting of the 12th Parliament on Tuesday saying President Uhuru Kenyatta was wrong to call for the session.
The coalition has said the repeat election will not take place unless the IEBC meets fresh demands it has made.
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