Ugandan Electoral Commission Pays IEBC a Courtesy Call

Ugandan Electoral Commission Pays IEBCUganda Electoral Commission officials with IEBC Commissioners at the IEBC offices on August 26, 2013.

NAIROBI: Monday, August 26, 2013
A delegation from the Uganda Electoral Commission is in Nairobi on a benchmarking tour aimed at drawing vital lessons from the conduct of the Kenyan 2013 General Elections.

The team, led by the Commission Deputy Chairperson, Mr. Joseph Biribonwa has met IEBC chairperson Ahmed Issack Hassan, IEBC Commissioners and members of the secretariat to share their experiences.

While briefing the delegation IEBC chairperson said that for an election to be successful proper planning must be done in good time and also working closely with stakeholders including political parties, and media.

IEBC’s Sh1.5b Tender was Above Board

nomination briefIEBC CEO, O.J.H Oswago(centre) addresses a past press conference on election preparations.

The allegation of scandals at IEBC by The Standard on Sunday, of July 28, makes a sensational read but certainly not an objective and factual presentation. The “Shock of March poll Kits supplied two weeks ago” talks of late delivery of General Election materials, a Sh1.5 billion contract for metal detectors IEBC did not need and strained working relationships. Since our side of the story was never told, let me give the public facts that may help balance the story and make better judgment of it.


E-Voting Was No Panacea to Election Hitches

voter-registrationThe electoral management body pursued electoral technology to the extent that it was appropriate and accountable.

Of all the fallacies weaved to explain the management of the March 4th General Election by IEBC, the claim that technology was designed to fail profoundly stands out.

The problems faced in past elections, especially in 2007 by ECK, created an urgent demand among all stakeholders in elections for technological systems that enhanced integrity and convenience. Kenyans are increasingly socializing and interacting with new technologies and the thinking was that if technology works for financial transactions why won’t it work for elections? There was even a demand by voters to register in one place and vote in another.


Media and Elections Bridge Fellowship Training

Elections-BridgeParticipants of the BRIDGE Fellowship training in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 26th July 2013.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: July 26, 2013
Communication heads of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) and senior journalists from 13 African Countries went through an intensive Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE Fellowship) training at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 22nd -26 th July, 2013.

The BRIDGE Fellowship trainees went through a modular professional development programme with particular focus on electoral processes to promote internationally accepted principles of democracy and good electoral practice.


Mutula Junior Wins Makueni Seat

makueni-winnerMakueni County returning officer Guracha Salad Boru presents a certificate to the winner of the Makueni Senatorial by-election, Mutula Juniour in Wote, Makueni County

Wote, Makueni County, 26th July, 2013
Mutula Kilonzo Jnr of Wiper Democratic Party got 163,232 votes to win the Makueni Senate seat in the Friday 26th by-election.  The other candidates received votes as follows:  Philip Kaloki- 9,762 (National Rainbow Coalition-NARC), John H. Mwau- 6,431 (Party of Independent Candidate of Kenya-PICK), Katumo Urbanus- 517 (Independent) and Kitundu Jane -387 (Labour Party of Kenya).

Makueni by-election, the first after the March 4th, 2013 general election, was occasioned by the death of Mutula Kilonzo on April 27th, 2013. The voter turnout was 60.4%.

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