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Treasury Allocates Sh94M To IEBC For BBI Signature Verification

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IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.

The National Treasury has allocated the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission Sh93.7 million to finance the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) constitution review signature verification exercise.

The sum will support the hiring on non-resident clerks after IEBC request to accommodate clerks to limit the risk of the spread of coronavirus was dismissed.

The poll agency had requested Sh241 million to cater for accommodation of data entry clerks in line with its COVID-19 containment protocols.

Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani approved the amount on Thursday following deliberations with IEBC managers.

“The Commission resubmitted budgets based on four scenarios, the highest being Sh241 million submitted earlier and lowest being Sh93.7 million mainly based on non-residential verification clerks. Subsequently, the National Treasury made an allocation of Sh93.7 million to the Commission for the exercise,” IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati stated.

The Commission, upon receipt of the monies, stated that it will proceed with the signature exercise which includes hiring of data entry clerks, conference facilities, accommodation, stationeries among other

The BBI secretariat presented 4.4 million signatures to the electoral body, which will now be subjected to verification.


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