Raila Odinga Rubbishes IEBC Referendum Projection
Former prime minister Raila Odinga has rubbished IEBC claims that the referendum will cost 14b of the tax payers. He instead said that it would not surpass 2b.
According to Raila, the report is an indication that the commission needs to be overhauled adding that the reasoning alludes to schemes to rip off the country during elections.
Raila added that the report by IEBC should not be put into consideration since its only aim is to soil the referendum occasioned by the Building Bridges Intiative(BBI), a report that will terminate the culture of theft of public resources and corruption in public offices.
“A statement attributed to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that the upcoming referendum will cost up to Ksh.14 billion is the latest indication that the electoral body and the entire election management in Kenya must be overhauled and streamlined
“Elections have become one of the major avenues for ripping off the country through various schemes that are never meant to save costs or yield credible results but to line pockets of individuals. Those schemes are evident in the IEBC’s latest reasoning.” said Raila
“In a country with government institutions including police stations, schools, national and county government offices and government vehicles in every corner in addition to a fairly well developed transport infrastructure, we should be able to conduct a one ballot referendum at no more than Ksh.2 billion for 20 million voters,” he added
The former premier further stated that a team will soon be selected to sit with IEBC and itemize what will lead to a cost-effective referendum exercise and elections.