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.


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.

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.


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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