IEBC Engages Voters at Nairobi Trade Fair

nairobi-trade-view9Commerce, Tourism and East African Affairs Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie (second left) listens to an IEBC Officer when she visited the Commission stand at the Nairobi International Trade Fair on 3rd October, 2014.

NAIROBI: Wednesday, October 02, 2014
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has joined hundreds of other exhibitors in showcasing its operations and activities at the ongoing Nairobi International Trade Fair.

Visitors to the IEBC stand are particularly interested in understanding electoral technologies including Biometric Voter Registration (BVR), Electronic Voter Identification (EVID and the Results Transmission System (RTS) among other electoral operations.

Over 30 IEBC staff are stationed at various desks to handle visitors’ concerns on various aspects of the electoral process. Continuous voter registration for Kibra constituency is also being conducted at the IEBC stand.

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IEBC lists Candidates for CEO Post

NAIROBI: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The list of applicants and shortlisted candidates for the post of IEBC’s Secretary/Chief Executive Officer has been released. Out of the 52 who applied, nine (9) were shortlisted. The shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in due course. Members of the public are requested to forward any concerns they may have on the suitability of the shortlisted candidates to Commission’s Chairman, under confidential cover.

The Commission Secretary/CEO will be the Accounting Officer of the Commission. He/She will ensure the implementation of the Commission’s decisions, policies and programmes, among other responsibilities.

More Officials Trained on Election Risk

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Training on the Election Risk Management Tool (ERM), a platform for analyzing and exchanging information on election risk, has so far seen 93 IEBC officials trained as Trainers of Trainers (TOTs. The TOTs will cascade the training to the rest of the staff in the headquarters and regions beginning October, 2014.

The ERM tool increases the capacity by IEBC to collect and analyse electoral risk data so as to make informed decision in the planning and prevention of information in election related violence.

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Media Reports on Post-election Evaluation Incorrect

We would like to set the record straight over the recent misleading and alarming reports on IEBC’s post-election evaluation:

  1. The Post-election evaluation is an integral component of an electoral cycle and is a best practice for any forward-looking Electoral Management Body (EMB).
  2. Following the March 4, 2013 General Elections, the post-election evaluation has been on-going and is yet to be finalized. This is within the timelines set out by international best practices which require post-election evaluation to be carried out 15 to 25 months after the elections.
  3. In the 2013 General Elections, the Commission used one Principal Voters Register (comprising of voters with biometrics and without biometrics). It was accurate, complete and reliable.
  4. The Commission has never asked for a Commission of Inquiry into the Results Transmission System.
  5. The sentiments captured by sections of the media are drawn from the various internal and external stakeholder post-election stakeholders forums organized by the Commission. They are deemed to be individual views, opinions, complaints and matters canvassed during election petitions which are not necessarily factual.
  6. The Commission will publish and disseminate the post-election evaluation report to all its key stakeholders, including media, once it is finalized and adopted.

Kenyan Observer Team learns from Scottish Referendum

An observer team from IEBC and the National Assembly has just finalized observing the Scottish Independence Referendum. The officials are part of an international observer group invited by the UK Electoral commission to observe the historic vote. In a joint statement, the team, which is led by the Chairperson of IEBC Mr. A. I. Hassan and Hon. John Mati Munuve, MP and member of the Justice & Legal Affairs Committee, National Assembly, thanked the UK Electoral Commission and the Scottish Elections Board for inviting them to observe this historic referendum saying the lessons learnt “are invaluable and will inform the conduct of future Referenda and elections in Kenya”.

The vote, which was held on 18th September, 2014 returned had the following Electoral Statistics and outcomes:
Registered votes - 4,285,323
Vote turnout - 84.9%
Referendum question - Should Scotland be an independent country?
The results was as follows:
Yes - 1,617,989 -45%
No - 2,001,926 - 55%

The leader of the 'Yes' Team, First Minister, Mr. Alex Salmond conceded defeat before official announcement of the results. The Prime Minister and other leaders then gave their speeches to their supporters. Mr. Alistair Darling gave a speech to the no supporters. They will be making a comprehensive report on the process and the lessons learnt which include the voting process, counting and declaration of the results.

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