Duale calls on IEBC to lower election cost

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National Assembly Majority Leader Adan Duale has called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to device ways to lower the cost of elections.

Duale said the Ksh 54 Billion used by IEBC in 2017 election is too high for the Kenyan taxpayer.

Kenya’s 2017 elections cost Ksh 54 Billion, a figure that leaders say is too high and should be relooked.

This even as IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati attributed the high cost to the incorporation of technology adding that to reduce the cost of the next elections, funds will be required to maintain the 45000 KIEMS kits used in 2017.

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Chebukati who spoke during the launch of the post-election report for the 2017 elections called on treasury and parliament to ensure the commission is funded throughout the election cycle.

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The report recommends that legal reforms and amendments of electoral laws be carried out at least two years to the election and that appointment of commissioners be staggered throughout the election cycle for continuity.

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Former Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga warned against the irresponsible use of technology in elections saying that IEBC ought to regain the faith of Kenyans in the election process.

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Political leaders called for the staggering of elections into two phases saying that electing 6 officials within a day is tiresome and increases opportunity for malpractices.

Parliament through the justice and legal affairs committee is set to legislate on the legal framework for the appointment of the four remaining IEBC commissioners.

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