Wednesday, 4 January 2017
Why the General Elections in Kenya are the World’s most Expensive
n early 2016, IEBC said it needed sh30 billion to properly conduct the August 2017 general elections in Kenya. In addition, it requested sh2 billion from the government to conduct a comprehensive voter registration exercise. The government gave IEBC sh500 million for the latter, but IEBC said it was not enough. IEBC claimed that the lack of funds would hamper its efforts to conduct the registration exercise properly.
The first voter registration exercise kicked off in February 2016 and ended in March 2016. IEBC planned to use the sh30 billion to cover its budget in the next two years. The amount would also cover the general elections and any expected runoff.