IEBC Receives Boost After Revelations by New Report

  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has received a major boost after a new report showed that it was well-prepared to hold the repeat election on October 26.

    The African Electoral Observation Group released the report on Sunday titled Kenya’s Ground Zero stating that the preparations for the fresh elections were going as planned in 43 out of 47 counties.

    However, the observer mission noted that not all registered voters would turn out to vote on Thursday.

    The Head of the delegation, Robert Foulster urged all Kenyans, human rights bodies and the international community to carry out their roles accordingly.

    “October 26 remains the only irreducible minimum for Kenyans, and the rights of those who intend to boycott and those who will vote should be respected,” Mr Foulser stated.

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    On the other hand, he acknowledged that the electoral body wass facing both internal and external attacks as it prepared for the fresh election.

    “IEBC faces many challenges, including the resignation of Ms Akombe, which cast aspersions on the IEBC,” he conveyed.

    He condemned the attacks on IEBC officials as had been witnessed in Kisumu, Siaya and Homa Bay that had forced the postponing of training ahead of the polls.

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    Additionally, Mr Foulser called on politicians not to interfere in the commission's work as it tried to perform its mandate of conducting the election.

    “IEBC should not be punished because of politicians’ actions,” Foulser maintained.

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