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