IEBC gets Sh560m more from EU

Thursday February 11 2016

From left, IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra

From left, IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba, chairman Isaac Hassan, UNDP Resident Representative Michel Balima and European Union Ambassador to Kenya Stefano Dejak at the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi on February 11, 2016. PHOTO | ROBERT NGUGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MARYANNE GICOBI
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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has doubled the number of voter registration clerks to 5,736 after receiving $1.5 million (Sh153 million) for the exercise.

Speaking after receiving another Sh560 million from the European Union, IEBC chairman Issack Hassan said some of the money will be used for voter registration.

“Thanks to donor support through the basket fund, we have been able to double the number of personnel being deployed for the upcoming mass voter registration exercise that will be undertaken countrywide ahead of next year’s General Election,” said Mr Hassan.

He said the commission was in talks with Parliament and the National Treasury to receive timely funding so that they can prepare well for the 2017 elections.

“We look forward to the supplementary estimates of the budget where we hope that we get some more funding for voter registration exercise,” he said.

He said 5,736 voter registration assistants will be deployed to cover 24,559 registration centres in 1,450 county assembly wards.

“The contribution of the Sh560 million will go a long way to compliment the Kenya government funding for the next elections,” he said.

IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba said the donation was the single biggest contribution the agency had received so far.