Tem­po­rary polls staff de­mand Sh4.9bn from IEBC

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - David Herbling hdavid@ke.na­tion­media.com

Tem­po­rary work­ers hired by the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion (IEBC) in the run up to the Au­gust 8 polls are up in arms over their un­paid dues amount­ing to Sh4.9 bil­lion.

The fail­ure to re­lease the pay for the 359,621 work­ers has sparked fears of a cash crunch at the elec­toral agency which is also bat­tling a pe­ti­tion by the Op­po­si­tion chal­leng­ing pres­i­den­tial re­sults.

IEBC Com­mis­sioner Rose­lyn Kwamboka Akombe con­firmed the pay de­lay, but was un­able to ex­plain why it has lasted al­most three weeks.

“I know that we trans­ferred money to all the 47 county elec­tion man­agers for on­ward trans­mis­sion to the polling staff,” Ms Akombe told Busi­ness

Daily. She de­clined to give time­lines on when the cash was wired.

Tax­pay­ers forked out Sh49.98 bil­lion to fund the Au­gust 8 polls, mak­ing it the most ex­pen­sive elec­tion in Kenya’s his­tory.

A to­tal of 262,665 polling clerks were hired for a pe­riod of nine days, earn­ing Sh1,000 per day, with their to­tal take­home be­ing Sh2.3 bil­lion be­fore in­come tax de­duc­tions.

There were also 91,032 pre­sid­ing and deputy pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers em­ployed on a 13-day con­tract and be paid Sh2,000 and Sh1,800 daily, re­spec­tively. A fur­ther 5,054 train­ers were en­gaged to train of­fi­cials on polling, count­ing and tal­ly­ing process – who worked for 15 days pock­et­ing Sh2,000 daily.

An­other 290 deputy re­turn­ing of­fi­cers were hired for each con­stituency to work for 60 days, tak­ing home Sh3,000 daily. IEBC also en­listed 580 con­stituency ICT clerks on a 30-day con­tract, earn­ing Sh1,500 daily.

Polling clerks and pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers said they were in the dark after IEBC’S self-im­posed pay dead­line of Fri­day last week lapsed with­out a word.

RE­SPONSE IEBC com­mis­sioner Rose­lyn Akombe. FILE

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