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Is the Sh15 Billion Allocation to IEBC a Pointer to Possible Referendum Plans? (Photos)

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During his address to the National Assembly on the 2021/2022 budget, Ambassador Ukur Kanacho Yatani allocated a whooping Sh15bn to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The allocation marked more than triple the Sh4.6 billion it was allocated in the 2020/2021 financial year.[Photo courtesy]

Some analysts argued that this was in anticipation of a possible referendum if the Building Bridges Initiative is given a green light by the court of appeal after the BBI team appealed a High court ruling that termed it unconstitutional. If a referendum was to be held in the 2021/2022 financial year, it would require the commission to hire an estimated 400,000 temporary staff to conduct the exercise, upgrade or buy biometric voter technology and roll out a voter registration and education exercise. [Photo courtesy]

In addition, the IEBC has been allocated Sh100 million for delimitation of boundaries bearing in mind that the BBI document proposes the formulation of 70 new constituencies in the first 6 months if it passed through a referendum. In his speech, the CS did not categorically indicate whether the Sh15 billion was to be used for the referendum.[Photo courtesy]

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