NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 14 – The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission will have to work with the Sh17.5 billion allocated by the Treasury to conduct Kenya’s next general elections.
This was after Finance Minister Njeru Githae in his budget presentation told Parliament that the Treasury had made the amount available in the 2012/2013 budget which it considered adequate to conduct free and credible polls.
“We need to conduct the general elections successfully. Towards this end, I have allocated a total of Sh17.5 billion to the IEBC. I, therefore, challenge the IEBC to work smarter and prudently to conduct a transparent and credible election within this resource envelop,” he said.
This allocation is a drop in the ocean for the IEBC since it had initially requested for Sh35 billion to conduct the polls.
In view of the forthcoming general elections, the Treasury also allocated more money to resettle people displaced during the 2008 post-election violence.
According to Githae, the IDPs kitty will get an additional Sh1.8 billion marking the last phase in the resettlement process.
In total, the IDPs resettlement programme has been allocated Sh15 billion since it began in 2008.
The Finance Ministry further allocated Sh148 billion to cater for the establishment and management of the county governments and a further Sh3 billion to be used in the establishment of county office facilities.
“This brings the total amount allocated to the county governments to 26 percent of the most recent audited revenues-well above the 15 percent Constitutional minimum. We have set aside resources for the Equalization Fund amounting to Sh3 billion,” Githae added.
Githae also announced that the Treasury had allocated Sh17 billion to the National Assembly and Sh15.4 billion to the Judiciary to carry out constitutional reforms.
“This is 67.3 percent over the budget for FY 2011/12 for the National Assembly, while that of the Judiciary to Sh15.4 billion, which is over 100 percent increase from allocation provided in the year 2011/12,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the Consolidated Fund Services got an allocation of Sh94.5 billion for domestic payments, Sh11.3 billion for foreign interest payments and Sh37.8 billion for pensions.
It further received Sh3.2 billion for salaries and allowances of constitutional office holders and Sh1.3 billion for other non-discretionally expenditures.
Githae said he expected to finance external redemptions amounting to Sh26.2 billion and domestic redemptions amounting to Sh171.6 billion.