IEBC boss assures of open and fair election in 2017
16 September 2015, 14:10
Nairobi – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Isaack Hassan has assured that the 2017 general elections will be conducted in fairness and transparency compared to the disputed 2013.
Hassan, who appeared before the National Assembly Public Accounts committee (PAC), told the MPs that the commission had realized where it went wrong in conducting the 2013 general elections after carrying out an internal post-election analysis.
“We are going to declare the most formal and democratic government in 2017. We initiated an election operation plan involving nomination systems, early procurement of election equipment, continuous voter registration and our have confidence in our professional secretariat,” said Hassan.
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He told PAC, which is chaired by Nicholas Gumbo (Rarieda), that the commission didn’t intend to fail Kenyans during the 2013 elections when the biometric voting gadgets collapsed and they resorted to manual voting exercise.
“We were assured by the technical ICT officer that the biometric voting gadgets would work but unfortunately failed. The gadgets have worked well in by-elections and we assured the country that similar failure will not be repeated in 2017,” said Hassan.
He however asked Kenyans to change their negative perception against IEBC in conducting fair elections to meet citizens’ democratic right of electing leaders of their choice.
However, the committee cautioned the commission against playing public relations theatrics by maintaining that everything is well ahead of elections as witnessed in the previous general elections then fail the country during the voting exercise and transmission of results.
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