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.

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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University Students Learn about Electoral Systems

moi-nyayo-visitA Moi University student poses a question to IEBC officials during a visit to the Commission on 15th September, 2014.

NAIROBI: Monday, September 15, 2014
University students have been urged to take the lead role in conducting voter education in the community.

Speaking at a meeting with Moi University Applied Statistics students, IEBC Commissioner Muthoni Wangai said universities, being hubs of knowledge, should spearhead the inculcation of democratic principles and values in society.

IEBC officials took the students through management of electoral data as well as basics in voter education. The learners got a chance to interact with the Results Transmission System (RTS), Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) as well as Electronic Voter Identification (EVID).

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List of Prequalified Suppliers now Published

NAIROBI: Monday, September 15, 2014
The IEBC has published the results for tender on prequalified suppliers of goods and services for the 2014/2015 financial year. A total of 1871 firms and individuals applied to be pre-qualified as suppliers, a prerequisite for doing business with IEBC. A total of 599 were successful.  The procurement law stipulates that a procuring entity to notify the applicants of the outcome (Legal Notice No.106 19(2).

There were several categories for prequalification. They include supply of assorted office furniture, ICT equipment and conference facilities, hire of ICT equipment and transport, provision of services such as road shows, security, property valuation, sign language interpretation and consultancy.

;Bidders were evaluated based on the compliancy with registration certificates (PIN, VAT compliance), experience etc. There was a special category of goods and services reserved for youth, women and people with disabilities (PWDs) as required by the law.

IEBC to Settle Pending Bills

NAIROBI: Sunday, September 14, 2014
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will, in the next few days, start settling bills that have been pending since the 2013 General Elections. Following a request by the Commission, The National Treasury has approved 2 billion shillings for settling the validated outstanding bills. However, in making a commitment for this additional funding, the National Treasury said the funds will be paid in installments of 500 million starting from today, 15th of September, 2013.

The IEBC has been engaging both the National Treasury and the creditors on the issue of the delayed payments. It is also worth noting that the independence of the Commission is in regard to its operations and decision. As a public entity it still relies on the National Treasury for funding. It is also expected to follow stringent rules and regulations of public financial management. It is for this reason that the Commission subjected these bills to both internal and external audit for validation.

The Commission is happy that some funding has finally been secured to settle the said bills. It also regrets the inconvenience the delay has caused to those who supplied goods or gave services during the general elections.

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