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MP moves to transfer referendum costs from IEBC to CORD

28 July 2014, 17:44 William Korir

Nairobi - A move to transfer the costs of a referendum to the losing side has been tabled in parliament.

Kiharu MP Kangata Irungu has tabled a motion in parliament that will the CORD coalition foot the costs of the upcoming referendum, if it passes and they eventually lose.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision IEBC, under the current Election Act will foot the bill of the referendum if it comes to fruition.

It is understood that the referendum will cost KES 8 billion to hold.

Irungu insists that the motion will seek to ensure that unnecessary referendums are not called in future due to their cost.

" As has been shown already, the cost of holding the referendum is too high and even though I do not want to point fingers at the current version, it is an expensive process.

" If the referendum passes, then good and so be it, but if it fails, then the cost should be transferred to the losers, he said.

The cost of the referendums will be determined by the High Court and Auditor General.

The referendum debate has engulfed Kenya in the last couple of weeks with CORD insisting it is necessary so that certain ills can be dealt with.

The Jubilee coalition on the other hand feels that the process is time consuming and expensive and that all issues called for can be addressed in parliament.

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