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Kenyan electoral body plans to set up elections fund   

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s electoral body said on Friday that it plans to set up a fund to pool resources to finance elections.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer, Ezra Chiloba, told Xinhua that the kitty was part of the electoral law but was yet to be operationalized.

“We are currently in discussions with the parliament so that we can begin setting funds for elections into the kitty,” Chiloba said during the Kenya Internet Governance Forum.

Chiloba said that the funds will ensure that IEBC has constant access to funds for the next general election immediately after general polls are concluded.

He said that currently the electoral body depended on the government’s process to get annual funding which takes times and hence can’t plan for the next elections.

The government has set aside 180 million U.S. dollars in the current financial year and another 170 million dollars for the next financial year for preparation of the 2017 general elections.

IEBC said that 300 million dollars is required for actual general election process and the remainder is used for administrative purposes.

Part of the funds will be used to buy new voter registration and identification kits as those used in the 2013 polls are defective.

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