Referendum to Cost Tax Payers Sh12Billion or More- IEBC Boss Reveals

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said it is ready to conduct a third referendum if the Country gets to that point.

Chairman Wafula Chebukati has said despite the fact that the commission had yet to be officially appraised of the matter, they are ready and have estimated the plebiscite to cost taxpayers about Sh12 billion.

“The role of the commission staff with regard to a referendum through a popular initiative is to undertake verification should the threshold be met. The commission and staff are ready if the referendum process is called upon,” said Chebukati.

Asked if IEBC had the budget for the exercise, the IEBC boss said a referendum was not an activity that was budgeted for in advance because it was not planned.

He added that at an opportune time, the commission would request the National Treasury for money to fund the activity.

“We are informed by the cost of the repeat presidential election of October, 26, 2017, which cost Sh12 billion. With a referendum being one election, the cost would be similar or thereabouts,” the chairman added.

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