NAIROBI: Sunday, September 14, 2014
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will, in the next few days, start settling bills that have been pending since the 2013 General Elections. Following a request by the Commission, The National Treasury has approved 2 billion shillings for settling the validated outstanding bills. However, in making a commitment for this additional funding, the National Treasury said the funds will be paid in installments of 500 million starting from today, 15th of September, 2013.
The IEBC has been engaging both the National Treasury and the creditors on the issue of the delayed payments. It is also worth noting that the independence of the Commission is in regard to its operations and decision. As a public entity it still relies on the National Treasury for funding. It is also expected to follow stringent rules and regulations of public financial management. It is for this reason that the Commission subjected these bills to both internal and external audit for validation.
The Commission is happy that some funding has finally been secured to settle the said bills. It also regrets the inconvenience the delay has caused to those who supplied goods or gave services during the general elections.