The IEBC has released details of its Sh41 billion general election budget, revealing that the commission will spend up to Sh120 per person on voter registration audits. The commission calculated that reviewing the voter record and verifying voters would cost Sh2.6 billion, or Sh120 per voter. Only 2.5 million new voters were registered, very short of the six million projection.
The commission’s budget breakdown also shows Sh648 million will be spent on meals for election officials.Usually, election officials and security personnel at polling stations are served packed meals and water as well as snacks. Of the Sh41 billion allocations to the IEBC, Sh22 billion has been set aside in the current budget while Sh18 billion will be factored in the next budget.
A chunk of the money, according to the data, has gone to the voter listing that netted 2.5 million new voters. The budget shows Sh7.5 billion will purchase election materials including ballot papers, ballot boxes, indelible ink and so on.Officials who will preside over the vote will be paid Sh6.07 billion.The commission has mapped over 53,000 polling stations. The ICT department will get Sh4.5 billion for ICT-related purchases and operations, the details show.