NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya spent a total of 536 million U.S. dollars
on the two elections conducted last year, with the money going
directly to elections and supportive activities that include
provision of security, the Treasury said.
The two elections,
one held on Aug. 8 and the second on Oct. 26, 2017 following the
annulment of presidential poll were financed through two budgets
of financial year 2016/2017 and 2017/2018.
“The cash in the
first budget did the preparatory activities while that in the
second focused on the actual election. The general election was
prolonged after the Supreme Court nullified the August 8, 2017
results,” said Treasury in the Post-Election in Economic and
Fiscal Report released Wednesday evening.
The fresh poll
resulted in adjustment in the budget for both the direct and
indirect expenses toward the general election, pushing up costs
to make the period the most expensive electioneering period in
the East African nation’s history.
“Out of the total
allocation of 643 million dollars for election in the two
financial years, 536 million dollars or 83.3 percent of budget
was spent by end of December 2017. This includes 224 million
dollars in the first financial year and 312 dollars in the
second,” the Treasury said.
Money allocated for
direct election expenses was used by the electoral commission on
activities that included the recruitment of election officials,
training, registration of voters, inspection of voter registers,
procurement of election materials and equipment, package and
distribute election materials and clear candidates to
Service offered by
the police and the intelligence unit consumed the budget on
“The objective of
this report is to provide a review of election related
expenditure and evaluate economic performance and how this
impacted on the financial objectives and fiscal responsibility
principles,” said Kamau Thugge, the Treasury’s principal