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Kenya's Turbulent 2017 Elections Cost Half a Billion Dollars

Kenya’s government spent 54.1 billion shillings ($532 million) on elections last year after a disputed presidential vote spurred a rerun and additional outlay, the Treasury said.

Spending included 46.2 billion shillings by the election authorities and 7.4 billion shillings by the Interior Ministry, according to a report posted Tuesday on the Treasury’s website. The East African nation held a repeat election in October that President Uhuru Kenyatta won after the Supreme Court threw out his initial victory in an August vote, citing irregularities.

“This resulted to adjustment in the budget for both the direct and indirect expenses towards the general election,” the Treasury said, detailing about 15 billion shillings of extra spending. The elections were financed from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 budgets, and spending represented 83.3 percent of the 64.9 billion shillings allocated for the process.

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