Budget for presidential poll tops House agenda

Parliament buildings in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Parliament buildings in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The approval of a mini-budget for the repeat presidential elections will top the agenda of MPs as President Uhuru Kenyatta inaugurates the 12th Parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for the bi-cameral House to officially start transacting its business.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has already submitted draft budget estimates ranging from Sh8 billion to Sh13 billion to the Treasury to facilitate the October 17 repeat polls.

The commission needs the money to conduct a fresh presidential election following the Supreme Court ruling that nullified the re-election of President Kenyatta on August 8.

The Supreme Court ruled that Mr Kenyatta’s re-election was invalid, null and void because the IEBC did not conduct the polls in line with the Constitution and election laws.

The court upheld the petition filed by opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga who called for nullification of the results.

“A draft budget has been submitted to the national Treasury for consideration. We expect expeditious allocation of funds to allow for implementation of the task ahead, especially those related to ICT,” Wafula Chebukati, the IEBC chairman said.

The Executive needs parliamentary approval of a supplementary budget for the conduct of the repeat presidential election.

The House is expected to move quickly to constitute the various committees in order to prepare for any eventuality that may arise in the preparations for the conduct repeat poll.

The electoral commission has set October 17 as the date for the repeat election and fired a budget of between Sh8 billion and Sh13 billion to the Treasury for the conduct of the poll.

The MPs will have to quickly approve members appointed to seat in the various committees so that they can get down to business.

In a special gazette notice issued to MPs on Friday, President Kenyatta chose September 12 as the date within which the new House will convene to commence business.

The Constitution mandates the President to address the opening of each newly elected Parliament.