IEBC Gives Out 200 BVR Kits for Civil Servants Registration

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has today transferred 40 BVR Kits to the Ministry of Devolution and Planning for use in the biometric registration of civil servants.

This is the first batch of the 200 kits that the Planning ministry had requested from the Commission. The rest will be given out within a week as they have to be sourced form IEBC regional warehouses countrywide.

The voters’ data has been transferred and the system cleaned to allow for the loading of a new operating system and software for registration of public servants. Transfer of the kits took place in a brief ceremony held at the IEBC head office in Nairobi.

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IEBC Reviews Electoral Law

The IEBC is reviewing the electoral law with a view to initiating amendments that address gaps and also harmonize conflicting legislation. A number of challenges were encountered during the 2013 general election and were documented in the post election evaluation workshop that the Commission held early this year.

It was noted, among other issues, that the Election Act 2011 speaks largely to a general election environment and not a by-election. For example, Sec 41 (5) says a “public officer who intends to contest an election under this Act shall resign from public office at least seven months before the date of election”. This requirement works well for in the case of a general election whose date is known and not for a by-election that is often occasioned by unpredictable circumstances.

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Effective Handling of Election Disputes Strengthens Democracy

DRC 161x133Members of the IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee.NAIROBI: Friday, November 29, 2013

Disputes are not a reflection of weakness in the electoral process but a proof of the strength, vitality, and openness of the political system, IEBC Chairperson Ahmed Issack Hassan has said.

Mr. Hassan told an international forum, convened in Nairobi to share experiences from Kenya on strategies and mitigation for electoral disputes, that the increase in the variety and number of election-related disputes is partly a result of increased public understanding of the redress process. “This trend is, however particularly challenging especially where the legal systems and the electoral administration are still developing,” he said.

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Candidates Cleared for Bomachoge Borabu and Bungoma

ERIS-training-NakuruBomachoge Borabu Returning Officer Gilbert Serem (left) explains provisions of the Electoral Code of Conduct to a candidate at Magena High school on 22nd November 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013
Seven candidates have been cleared to contest in the Bomachoge Borabu Constituency Parliamentary by-elections and four for Bungoma Senator by-election, both scheduled for December 19, 2013. The candidates cleared by IEBC’s County Returning Officer, Mr. Ben Misati, to run for the Bungoma senator seat are:
1. Kombo Musikari (New Ford Kenya)
2. Makali David (Independent candidate)
3. Wakoli Bifwoli (The Labour Party of Kenya)
4. Masika Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya)
IEBC’s Vice-Chairperson Lilian Mahiri-Zaja and Commissioners Thomas Letangule and Bwire Albert took all the candidates through a document validation and confirmation process.

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No By-elections in Lamu and Nyaribari Chache as planned

The Court of Appeal has reinstated Dr Issa Abdalla Tammy as the Governor of Lamu. This means there will not be a by-election in Lamu County on 2nd December, 2013. In addition, the Court of Appeal, sitting in Kisumu, suspended the nullification of election of Dr. Chris Bichage as Nyaibari Chache MP. Dr Bichage had appealed against the court's nullification of his election. Once served with the court order, IEBC will suspend plans to conduct the by-election until the appeal is heard and determined.

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