IEBC running late at setting up material in readiness for 2022 elections

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati

Deputy President William Ruto, one of the front-runners in next years’ presidential elections also took issue with delays in procuring election kit

By The Weekly Vision Online

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya have come under heavy criticism over its level of preparedness heading into the 2022 elections. One Kenya Alliance (OKA) co-principal and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi took issue with the IEBC over their tendering process for the election materials which include BVR kits, warning that time is running out for them to do the right thing.  

Mr Musalia Mudavadi said credible free and fair elections are not possible when the “referee” is already “time-barred” in logistical preparations

Mr Mudavadi said the Wafula Chebukati-led team was already behind schedule as the law is clear that the equipment must be in place eight months before the poll. Mr Chebukati has kept lamenting that IEBC faces a major cash crunch with a Ksh. 14.5 billion deficit. He warned that time was running out for the commission to put systems in place in readiness for the transition elections. Mr Mudavadi said credible free and fair elections are not possible when the “referee” is already “time-barred” in logistical preparations.

One Kenya Alliance (OKA) co-principal Musalia Mudavadi

Deputy President William Ruto, one of the front-runners in next years’ presidential elections also took issue with delays in procuring election kits. DP Ruto said the country could not afford to allow logistical hurdles to hamper critical elections warning that “citizens will not accept the results of a compromised election”!

During the chaotic and bungled presidential election of 2017 whose outcome was overturned by the Supreme Court, the issue of technology played a central role in overturning the results. There were claims of computer-generated mass rigging while the Server was alleged to be in France. It has never been opened as ordered by the Kenyan court, eight months to another election. Opposition leader Raila Odinga whose 2017 petition overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory has not spoken on the IEBC logistical gridlock. This has raised eyebrows with many claiming Odinga as a “government project” would not lose

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