How IEBC slashed its entertainment budget by more than 90%

The Wafula Chebukati-led Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cut its entertainment budget by 94 percent to Sh53.8 million in the six months to December.

According to Data from the Controller of Budget (CoB), the elections agency reduced spending in the period by Sh851.1 million from the Sh904.9 million spent in a similar period a year earlier.

The IEBC spent the Sh904.9 million on drinks and catering for its staff at a time the country held two presidential elections after the initial poll was nullified due to irregularities.

The prolonged election period started ahead of the August 8, 2017 General Election and continued to the end of November when Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner after the repeat October 26 presidential vote.

The Supreme Court nullified the August 8 poll over irregularities, triggering another round of political campaigns.

The General Election was the most costly in Kenya’s electoral history, gobbling up Sh46.2 billion spread over two financial years.

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