The Star (Nairobi)

28 February 2013

Kenya: Run-Off Is Costly, Let's Avoid It - Githae

FINANCE Minister Njeru Githae has reiterated his call to Kenyans to vote overwhelmingly in Monday's election to avoid an expensive runoff.

Speaking at his office yesterday, Githae urged registered voters to turn up in large numbers to support the coalition of their choice to ensure that there is a clear presidential winner in round one of the polls.

"Purely from a financial point of view, we can do at least 200 km of tarmac road with Sh6 billion. I would rather put this money in another road project that in an election so Kenyans please make up your mind," urged Githae.

He noted that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission had indicated that it would require about Sh6 billion to conduct a run off, if there is no clear winner in round one.

The elections are too close to call between the Prime Minister Raila Odinga and deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta. "As finance minister I would really like to see this done in round one. It would free Sh6 billion in resources," he added.

He said all necessary systems are in place and as soon as all officials are sworn in county governments will have the money to start working.

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