The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has said that the agency has no money allocated for re-election in the August polls.
Effectively, in an event for a repeat poll or re-run that could potentially be occasioned by the nullification of presidential election or lack of clear winner garnering the 50 plus one threshold, the country could plunge into a constitutional crisis.
Chebukati says the current budget that the IEBC is working with has not factored any budgetary provision for a run off or a repeat poll for the 2022 General Elections.
Chebukati was speaking after a consultative meeting with religious leaders.
Speaking yesterday after a consultative meeting with religious leaders, Chebukati said they are not planning for a rerun.
“We do not have a budget for a rerun. We are not planning for a rerun. We are planning for general elections in August. In case of any eventuality, we will deal with them when they arise,” he said.
He complained of the strain that the commission has been facing due to insufficient budgetary allocation, which has hindered a concrete rollout of civic education.
“As a commission, we only got the election budget this year, and we have done what we can with it even though we had a deficit. However, we have two civic educators in every ward,” he stated.
The IEBC chair called on stakeholders to assist the IEBC to achieve its constitutional mandate during the August 9 polls.