By KEPHER OTIENO
This is the fundamental question the majority raised as the Finance Minister Robinson Githae appropriated IEBC the amount instead of Sh31.5 billion they were expecting. Initially, IEBC wanted Sh41.4 billion. This means they will be forced to adjust their electoral activities.
In previous elections, the amount did not exceed Sh17 billion and elections were run devoid of problems.
But given this election is the first under the new constitution, IEBC wants to experiment with electronic voting, it would be interesting to see if they will be able to do it within the allocated budget.
They might have to review some unnecessary expenditures such as payment of the police officers manning the polls who are also security agents of the State.
On the eve of the budget, IEBC Central Nyanza administrator, Edwin Owuor warned the polls would carry into day two if they were not sufficiently supported.
Borrowing from the effect of 2008 post-election violence it would be foolhardy to anticipate free and fair polls with deficient resources.
Analysts say it is critical for Kenya to avert possible set-ups that may slide the country back into anarchy reminiscent of 2007/08.
On Monday, IEBC Chairman Isaac Hassan said they were contemplating borrowing equipment from Tanzania and Uganda, to save costs.
But some scholars and leaders poke holes on the plans amid dark clouds that hang over the budget.
Maseno University don Wilson Agenya says Kenya must be prepared with its own resources without relying on borrowing for sensitive matters such as elections.
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