IEBC Proposes Major Changes for 2022 Elections

  • The Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, Capital Group
  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has called for major changes on the conduct of the 2022 poll, suggesting that an amendment to the law was imminent.

    According to a draft post-election evaluation report of the 2017 polls expected to be released on Tuesday,  IEBC wants the presidential and parliamentary elections held at the same time, while the vote for governors and ward representatives be pushed to a different date.

    The proposal seeks to have Kenyans vote on the second Tuesday of August of every fifth year. In a previous proposal, the IEBC had called for senators to be elected on the same day as governors.

    According to the commission's proposal, conducting elections in one day resulted in fatigue among electoral officials, which could result in them making errors.

    IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati (centre), flanked by ex-commissioner Roselyn Akombe (left) and former CEO Ezra Chiloba

    IEBC also proposes a change in the Constitution to realign the term of county assemblies with that of the other elective seats “for legal clarity”.

    This is after the County Assemblies Forum demanded that members be paid for the “remainder” of their term after the August 8, 2017 election.

    In another proposal, IEBC wants the nomination of its commissioners staggered "to ensure continuity and institutional memory".

    Currently, IEBC has only its chairman Wafula Chebukati and commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye.

    Vice-chairperson Connie Nkatha and commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya, surprisingly resigned six months after the exit of Dr Roselyne Akombe.

    After the historical 2017 presidential election nullification, IEBC proposes the extension of time to hear such petitions, an aspect it suggests played a huge part in IEBC losing the case.

    (Right) Ex-Vice chairperson Connie Nkatha and former commissioners Paul Kurgat (Left) and Margaret Mwachanya (Centre)

    Furthermore, the report recommends funding throughout the electoral cycle since the disbursement of bulk funding in the final year of the electoral cycle did not do justice to their planning.