Leaked IEBC Memo Shows Deep Rooted Problems

A memo leaked to the public show deep sited rifts between the election commission under the leadership of Wafula Chebukati and its Secretariat headed by Ezra Chiloba.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati demanded response and explanation on 12 pertinent issues that affected the August 8th election from the commissions CEO.

The supreme court ruling seems to have a ripple effect on the event that led to incumbent Kenyatta being declared the winner of August 8th elections

Mr Chebukati seems not be aware of a user created in his name that performed over 9000 transactions on IEBC servers at the Bomas of Kenya including deletions that raised credibility queries.

The commission spent close to 1 billion to purchase satellite phones primarily for use in areas where there was no network coverage by the major communications networks in Kenya. Kenyan elections were said to be too expensive to the tax payers. The amount spent on gadgets that were not necessary for a country who technological advancement has been lauded worldwide is mind boggling.

Kenyan nurses have been and are still on strike for lack of better pay and poor working condition. The university lecturers plan to down their tools soon for the same reason. Kenya seems to have its priorities wrong with overemphasis event rather than making the country a better place.

Raila, Uhuru to face off October 17, IEBC announces

Raila, Uhuru to face off October 17, IEBC announcesPresident Uhuru Kenyatta has been asked to draw up a working formula with Cord leader Raila Odinga. Photo/FilePresident Uhuru Kenyatta and Cord leader Raila Odinga./FILE Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta will face off at the ballot on October 17, IEBC has said. The decision was arrived at after the […]

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IEBC schedules fresh Presidential election for 17th October

The commission has said the election will be between Raila and Uhuru. This locks out Third Way Alliance candidate Ekuru Aukot who had said he would participate in the fresh Presidential election since it wasn’t a run-off.

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The Herald reported this

“The chairman of the IEBC, Wafula Chebukati, issued a statement Monday saying that the new elections will be held in just over 40 days following the Supreme Court’s ruling last week to nullify the results of the August 8 polls which gave victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta. The court ruling said that new elections must be held within 60 days.”

Chebukati said only Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, who brought the court challenge, would be on the ballot paper, along with their running mates.(Aljazeera)

Ekuru Aukot attacks Wafula Chebukati, IEBC over repeat presidential election update

Thirdway Alliance leader Dr Ekuru Aukot launched the attack after IEBC pointed out in their statement that only President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga will be on the ballot.

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The IEBC Must Step Up its Decision Making Organs.

Kenya is on the home stretch towards the August 8th elections. The question that lingers in the minds of many is whether the IEBC is ready with less than a month for August elections. IEBC has a long way to go with the courts faulting some of the decisions that they are making.

The news from the other arm of government, the judiciary, seems to bring some hope for the future. One of the judges appointed to hear a case filed by NASA to compel IEBC to use the electronic system in the next general election exclusively has recused himself from the case. He said that he practised with one of the NASA principals and it would be improper for him to sit on the bench.

Lately, the manner in which the Judiciary and its members have been acting is rather commendable and encouraging. Kenya is almost confident that the courts can handle the aftermath of the 2017 elections. The judiciary has practised impartiality and ruled cases in a manner to suggest that Kenya is heading in the right direction.

Despite calls from incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy Willian Ruto that the courts should not take their respect for fear, it is interesting to note members from all political camps seem satisfied with the ruling on presidential ballot paper printing tender against the IEBC.

The ballot raw ruling follows an earlier ruling in which the courts overturned the decision by IEBC to bar Wavinya Ndeti from contesting for Machakos gubernatorial seat. It was a win for Wavinya and rather shameful loss for IEBC who have suffered a series of losses seems the swearing in of the new commissioners.

There is a concern though for the IEBC chaired by Wafula Chebukati. The commission which consists of experienced legal practitioners and members of high social standing has been making reckless and rather arbitrary decisions that have been easily dismissed by the courts for lack of legal basis.

As a constitutional body mandated to carry out free, fair, credible and verifiable elections, the IEBC has a long way to go lest it loses its credibility in the eyes of Kenyans and the international community. Decisions that IEBC makes must stand the test of the law and found to be just and constitutional.

The Constitution of Kenya has deployed necessary resources for the IEBC to run a credible election. Kenyans have bestowed their trust in the IEBC to be effective in its role. It must not fail Kenyans. IEBC must work round the clock to ensure that the Judiciary does not overshadow it with repeated revocation of the decisions the commission makes including announcing the winners of August 8th polls.