Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has rubbished Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) claims on the cost of impending referendum.
IEBC had projected that the upcoming referendum would cost taxpayers Ksh14 billion.
However, Raila in a statement on Thursday, October 29, dismissed the commission’s report saying that the referendum’s budget should not exceed Ksh2 billion.
According to him, the cost per voter in countries that hold regular elections ranges from Ksh100 to Ksh200 adding that Kenyan should not pay more.
“In a country with government institutions including police stations, schools, national and county government offices and government vehicles in every corner in addition to a fairly well developed transport infrastructure, we should be able to conduct a one ballot referendum at no more than Ksh.2 billion for 20 million voters.”
“The Ksh.14 billion the IEBC is talking about is not only outrageous but also a manifestation of the institution’s insensitivity to the changes Kenyans are crying for in the management of public affairs.” Raila said.
The ODM boss stated that the commission must be overhauled, claiming that the reasoning alludes to schemes to rip off the country during elections.
The former Prime Minister said that IEBC will not be allowed to derail the impending referendum exercise occasioned by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
He argued that the BBI referendum will stop the culture of theft of public resources and corruption in public offices.
Odinga further said that the upcoming referendum is intended to bring sanity to our election processes including aligning the costs to the global trends.
“A statement attributed to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that the upcoming referendum will cost up to Ksh.14 billion is the latest indication that the electoral body and the entire election management in Kenya must be overhauled and streamlined.”
“Elections have become one of the major avenues for ripping off the country through various schemes that are never meant to save costs or yield credible results but to line pockets of individuals. Those schemes are evident in the IEBC’s latest reasoning.” Raila added.
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— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) October 29, 2020