Finance Ministry in Kenya last Wednesday asked parliament to approve an allocation of around US$100 million to finance the repeat presidential election slated for October 26.
The request is part of a mini-budget that will result in a US$226 million increase in the budget for the current financial year.
The supplementary budget is a mix of allocations to fund the unprecedented repeat of the presidential election and measures to tackle effects of the prolonged drought.
“The overall cumulative changes under the Supplementary Estimates amount to Sh22.3 billion or 0.8 per cent of the original Budget,” Finance Minister Henry Rotich said during the tabling of the mini-budget tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday morning.
Kenyans are set to head back to the ballot on October 26 following the Supreme Court’s nullification of the August 8 election. The court cited electoral malpractices – particularly in the votes transmission process – as the reason for the cancellation of that poll.
That ruling received heavy criticism from the ruling Jubilee Party, with President Uhuru Kenyatta terming it a “judicial coup.” He however said he accepted the verdict, even though he did not agree with it.
IEBC earlier this month announced that the new election will only have President Uhuru and opposition leader Raila Odinga in the ballot. The initial vote had a total of eight candidates running for the presidency.