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Raila Suffers a Huge Blow as Chebukati Cites insufficient Funds"We Are Not Ready to Repeat Election"

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has since stated that it is not prepared to hold a second presidential election due to a lack of funding.

On March 15, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that the commission hoped to have a clear winner at the conclusion of a consultation meeting with religious leaders.

In comparison to other African nations, Chebukati claimed that recurrent presidential elections also cost taxpayers a significant amount of money. The government will spend $25.40 on each of the 19.6 million voters. The third multiparty election in Rwanda, with 6.8 million registered voters and a cost of 5.5 billion Rwandan francs ($6.5 million), will take place on August 4.

"A budget for a repeat is not available. A repeat is not in the plans. General elections are scheduled for August. We will handle any unforeseen circumstances when they present themselves, Chebukati said.

An additional 4 billion shillings will also be used to improve security in border and hotspot counties, simplify the application procedure for national identity cards, and guarantee calm cohabitation before, during, and after elections.

Others with millions of dollars in direct and indirect funding include the presidency, national intelligence, and the judiciary.

The timing of the elections puts the economy at risk from shocks brought on by a severe drought, rising inflation rates, and a slowdown in private sector credit.

Along with the total cost of Kenya's security operation in Somalia, the desire for a pay raise from public employees like teachers and nurses places a significant burden on government spending. The Treasury also cautioned that worries about election-related violence could stifle short-term growth and erode the confidence of both domestic and foreign investors.

Chebukati asserted that the commission, having finished 90% of the acquisition of voting supplies such ballots, is well-prepared to oversee the next General Election.

The head of the IEBC also pointed out that low civic education this time around is a result of funding restrictions.

"As a commission, we only received the election budget this year, and even though there was a shortfall, we made the best of it. We do have two civic educators in each ward, though," he added.

This is a major setback for Azimio Leader Hon. Raila Odinga. Having lost and protested the previous three elections, one of which was violent, he may not want to confirm perceptions that he is the perpetually bitter loser inciting trouble, which the Ruto camp is certain to play up. Therefore, it is possible that his allies in civil society and politics may file a lawsuit on their behalf.

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