IEBC’s Preparedness Ahead Of The August Elections Questioned

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati

Questions are being asked on why it took so long to replace former CEO Ezra Chiloba who ironically is now in charge of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), a body that will play a vital role in the electronic transmission of results

By The Weekly Vision Online

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) led by Chairman Wafula Chebukati have been faulted for dragging their feet in preparation for the August 9th general elections, now only five months away. IEBC has just shortlisted candidates to fill in the position of CEO and his deputy who must then be subjected to a parliamentary vetting process for approval by President Uhuru Kenyatta thereafter.

Parliamentary business is about to be halted as elections draw nearer. Many watchers have started reading mischief in the whole process saying there is hardly time for a new team to take charge of one of Africa’s most expensive and complex elections. Questions are being asked on why it took so long to replace former CEO Ezra Chiloba who ironically is now in charge of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), a body that will play a vital role in the electronic transmission of results.

IEBC has just awarded tenders for the supply of BVR kits to companies that have yet to deliver despite recently receiving Ksh. 15 billion

Mr Chiloba was forced to resign over professional impropriety by Mr Chebukati who is said to be a close relative. Experts in electoral laws have further warned that IEBC is time-barred in purchasing the vital BVR kits and putting systems in place that will ensure free, credible, and verifiable elections. IEBC has just awarded tenders to companies that have yet to deliver despite recently receiving Ksh. 15 billion. And contrary to Kenya’s election law, the IEBC voter register is yet to be audited to remove names of dead voters raising fears of “ghost voters” on Election Day!

Mr Chebukai insists that his team is ready for the massive exercise that involves electing MCA’s, Women Reps, MPs, Senators, Governors, and the President and a running-mate. The election law has been amended to include both electronic and manual tallying and transmission of votes. The situation is not helped by poor mobile phone network coverage in some remote areas of the country where observers claim could be prone to rigging. Mr Chiloba at CCK is not resting easy having been roundly accused by the NASA coalition of having presided over massive rigging in 2017.

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