IEBC gives poll timelines, asks Treasury for funds

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IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati at the press conference moments before he released the status report on mass voter registration and election preparedness at the Anniversary Towers on February 21, 2017. Photo/Jack Owuor

The IEBC has released timelines for the October 17 poll and urged the Treasury to release funds for the election.

“A draft budget has been presented to the Treasury for consideration. We expect expeditious allocation of funds,” IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said in a statement on Friday.

NASA chief Raila Odinga will face President Uhuru Kenyatta again, following the Supreme Court ruling delivered by Chief Justice David Maraga.

Chebukati said the funds will allow the electoral commission to implement key tasks, especially those related to ICT and training.

He said they have prepared timelines with key milestones that will help in election preparedness.

The milestones include, a revised election results framework, certification of the register of voters, upgraded technology for election, recruitment, training and deployment, voter education and Election Day operations.

Chebukati also asked candidates to deploy experienced and committed agents to all parts of the country before October 3.

“Candidates must ensure their agents are well-versed with the technology and are urged to finalise the list of the polling station, constituency tallying centre and the national tallying centre,” he said.

IEBC to recruit rfom database

Chebukati said they will hire 40,883 officers, 40,883 deputy presiding officers, 135,038 clerks, 580 ICT support and 290 constituency logistics assistants.

“The officers shall be drawn from our existing database of applicants, excluding those that may have committed irregularities during the August 8 election,” he said.

Before the August 8 vote, the IEBC sought to recruit 41,940 temporary staff to buttress its capacity during the voter verification drive.

The temporary jobs included 290 constituency ICT clerks, 1,450 register of voters verification assistants and 40,200 voter verification clerks.

Chebukati said the commission plans to engage stakeholders on a continuous basis to ensure Kenyan voters are informed and involved in all preparations for the election.

Campaigns for round two presidential election officially started on September 6 and will end on October 15.

Chebukati’s gazette notice stated campaigns will run from 7am to 6pm and end on October 15 – 48 hours before the

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