IEBC, BBI Secretariat Clash Over Signatures Verification Budget

Independent and Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Secretariat have clashed over the cost of verifying signatures.

According to People Daily, IEBC has requested for Ksh241 million for verification of signatures an amount that the BBI secretariat claim is too much.

According to IEBC acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marijan Hussein Marijan who talked to the publication on Sunday, December 13, the commission had written to the National Treasury and requested budgetary support of Kh241 million stating that the money would be used to hire and train clerks for the exercise.

“We made the request a day after we received the signatures. We asked the National Treasury to give us budgetary support of Sh241 million for the exercise to commence,” said Marijan.

This amount according to BBI national secretariat co-chair Dennis Waweru was too much. Waweru stated that the exercise can be conducted with as low as Ksh1 million especially now that technology can be applied to fast-track the process.

“Sh241 million is too much. This is an exercise that can be done using very minimal resources. We can even do it with just Sh1 million,” he said.

The secretariat has also questioned why the commission was discussing its budget details in public.

“This is too much money for such an exercise, they are doing so in public to whip up emotions,” said the official.

The IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati while receiving the collected signatures on Thursday last week stated that the electoral body will not begin the verification process until they receive funds from the treasury.

Having not received any response from the treasury regarding the budget, Marijan says that there’s nothing much going right now at the commission.

“There is work going on right now which includes handing over and taking of documents, we also expect the documents to be signed as we wait for a response from the National Treasury. Once this is done, we start recruiting the clerks immediately so that we can train them,” he said.

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