Humphrey Liloba of AllAfrica.com is reporting that Kenya is heading towards the most expensive election in the history of the country and the economy is weakening in the process. Liloba writes:
“Charged political activity in the country has taken toll on the economy as most uncompleted projects may need to wait until after the March fourth elections as donors withhold funding as anxiety over the nature of the general election takes shape.
Government departments are also slowly shutting as the election mood sweeps across the country. Parliament will be officially dissolved in less than a month to give politicians time off for their campaigns.
This is the biggest and most expensive election in Kenyan history given that it is the first one under the new constitution which heralded a County Government. For the first time, instead of the usual three tier government where Kenyans used to choose the local government representative, Member of Parliament and President, they will be choosing six representatives at the same time following the devolved government. The six include President, County Governor, Senator, Member of Parliament, County Representative and Women Representative.”
Preparations for the election are in full throttle with election officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) working to ensure a free and fair general election. The elections will take place on March 4, 2013.
Read more at AllAfrica.com.