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.