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'IEBC maintained integrity during elections'

29 May 2013, 18:09 Kelvin Wanjohi

The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been commended for maintaining integrity and electorates’ trust during the March 4 general elections even after the computerised mechanisms failed.

The observer group, European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM), which followed Kenya’s election process since January shared the recommendations of its final report on March 4 elections with members of the public.

Speaking during the release of the report to the media at the Sarova Stanley hotel in Nairobi, the Missions Chief Observer Alojz Peterle hailed IEBC for finding alternative measures to ensure that the results at the Tallying center were consistent.

Alojz Peterle, eu eom

He acknowledged that there were discrepancies in the results, but none was more than one percent including results for total votes cast and those that were rejected, citing an error with the system which allegedly multiplied the votes by eight.

The Chief Election Observer noted that even though the elections are over and most Kenyans moved on, several lessons should be learnt from the difficulties that arose during the process.

“In the last five years, this country has shown that it can overcome by learning from experiences of the past,” he added.

Answering questions from the media, Peterle said that EU observers who were spread across the country reported no discrepancies, and there was no evidence that that the final results were manipulated in favour of any candidate.

“Even if the processing of the final results lacked the necessary transparency, since party agents and election observers were not given adequate access to the tallying process at the constituency and County level, we did not have any evidence that the election results were manipulated,” he said.

The Mission’s Deputy Chief Observer Gillian Mc Goumach said that the IEBC should do a comprehensive research before they acquire new technology, ensuring that it performs optimally with evaluation of purpose and usefulness to the public.

The mission also recommended the consolidation of the existing voter register and all separate voter lists into one single register to prevent confusions in the future, and also establishment of a clear demarcation of the jurisdictions for the bodies involved in dispute resolution.

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