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We will be ready for 2017 polls, IEBC says

14 January 2016, 20:59

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision IEBC says it will be ready for the 2017 General Elections.

In a report on Capital News, IEBC Chairman Isack Hassan says that the Commision has already put in place plans to ensure that the polls are free and fair and are run in as professional a manner as possible.

Hassan also stated that the Commision hopes to ensure that the mistakes made in the 2013 polls are not repeated.

Speaking during the unveiling of the 2015-2017 Election Operations Plan, Hassan said the certainty in the election date has made it possible for them to map out timelines to be met by the commission, political players and other stakeholders in the run-up to the polls.

Hassan said the commission will ensure that the law is strictly applied in the entire electoral process which will start with massive voter registration.

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According to The Standard, Hassan also urged politicians to cease raising anxiety among Kenyans.

“At this time during the last General Election, we still didn’t know when the election date; there was still a matter in court on whether it would be in December or August. So the fact that one year and half months before the elections we are able to stand here today and unveil a road-map is testimony that the commission is now well prepared to handle the next election, having learnt from the experiences of the 2013 election,” Hassan is quoted as saying.

Members of the opposition have already raised the red flag over what they say are plans by the ruling Jubilee Coalition to rig the polls which will be held August 4 2017.

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