Mathare, Gatundu South By-Elections Set for August 7

By-election photoA voter is issued with a ballot paper in a recent parliamentary by-election.

NAIROBI: Thursday, June 12, 2014
By-elections for Members of the National Assembly for Mathare and Gatundu South Constituencies will be held on Thursday, August 07, 2014.

On the same date, IEBC will also conduct a by-election in Kibiri County Assembly Ward (Karachuonyo Constituency, Homabay County).

Independent candidates are required to submit their symbols and seek clearance from the Registrar of Political Parties before June 19, 2014 while political party primaries are expected to have been completed by June 23, 2014.


Children Being Empowered on Elections

kca-kasaraniA girl casts her vote during the Kenya Children Assembly Elections held on 29th April, 2014. 

Nairobi: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
A two-day ​​​national​ ​stakeholders' ​workshop is being held in Nairobi to look into the issues raised after the 27th April - 1st May, 2014 ​Kenya Children Assembly ​elections​.​

The meeting provides an opportunity for those involved-the UNICEF, IEBC, Department of Children Services and the National Council of Children Services, among others, to harmonize their programs on children. The IEBC conducted the children polls.


Let Institutions Grow, says IEBC’s Chairman

Chairman-NTVIEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan in an interview with a local TV station on 5th June, 2014.

Nairobi: Thursday, June 05, 2014
IEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan has urged Kenyans to allow democratic institutions to grow and mature in order to improve the electoral process.

In an interview with NTV, Mr. Hassan pointed out that the Commission learnt vital lessons from the conduct of the March 4, 2013 General Elections. "We will address the challenges experienced (in the last elections) to improve systems for future elections," the Chairman said. He added that it is unfortunate and unfair "to disband commissions after every election".


Women Leaders from Zimbabwe call on IEBC

Zimbabwe-callIEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan and women leaders from Zimbabwe when they paid him a courtesy call in his office.

NAIROBI: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
A delegation from the Africa Center for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership and Zimbabwean women parliamentarians say there is need for an affirmative action to encourage the participation of women in elections. In a meeting with IEBC, which was organized under the auspices of UN-Women, the delegation commended Kenya for the composition of the electoral body whose three of the eight Commissioners are women.

The visiting group is here to learn from IEBC's experiences in the preparation and the conducting of the massive 2013 election. The delegation was received by IEBC's Chairperson Ahmed Hassan Issack, Vice Chairperson Lilian Mahiri Zaja,


Create an IEBC Brand, Election Managers Urged

UKUNDA: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
IEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan has asked Commission staff to ensure that their work creates a trusted brand that outlives individuals and personalities.

Mr. Hassan said the Commission has been wrongfully accused, especially on the technology hitches that were experienced in the March 2013 elections, saying that staff made selfless sacrifices and delivered credible elections despite the challenges.

The Chairman was speaking in Ukunda, Kwale County at the start of IEBC’s three-day post election evaluation workshop. He said the outcome of the review will be subjected to evaluation and criticism by stakeholders such as political parties.

Justice David Maraga, who represented Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga , called on IEBC officials to be keen on ensuring the results at the polling stations are recorded correctly and signed. Justice Maraga, who is also the Chairman of the Judicial Working Committee on Elections, added that elections are 'high pressure events' and IEBC must take the criticisms with stride by encouraging consultations and dialogue with the public. He called on IEBC to fix even the challenges that may not have been brought before the courts.

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya said IEBC's self-evaluation is in itself a commitment to ensuring democracy in Kenya. Mr. Mvurya said the Commission is among the critical institutions that nurture devolution because they oversee the elections of those who run Counties.

The workshop brings together all the returning officers from all the 290 constituencies, managers and other officials.


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