Raila says referendum will not cost over Kshs. 2 billion

ODM leader Raila Odinga has dismissed reports from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum will cost Kenyans Kshs. 14 billion.

In a statement to newsrooms Thursday, Mr. Odinga said the process will instead not surpass Kshs. 2 billion saying the IEBC report indicates a scheme to rip off Kenyans.

The ODM leader said the claims cannot derail the progress of amending the constitution.

“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,” said Raila.

He added that the referendum is crucial as it will bring sanity in the country’s electoral process including aligning costs of conducting elections.

“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 argued.