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.