, NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 25 – The Institute for Education in Democracy has said that Friday’s Makueni by-election will be a litmus test for the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission’s credibility in polling processes.
The chairperson of the institution Jane Ogot says the polls will establish whether IEBC has adopted new strategies in technology and promote citizens’ confidence in the commission after the disputed March 4 General Election.
“It will be a test for the IEBC to show the citizens that they have remedied the malpractice that they were accused of in the March 4th elections and also to prove that they are up to the task of delivering democracy to Kenyans,” she said.
“The by-election is historic as it will be conducted in six constituencies which fall under the Makueni County and IEBC needs to take caution and especially address the failure of electronic devices as was observed in March.”
She added that action needs to be taken on the people involved in the alleged fraudulent voter registration of Kethi Kilonzo and further investigations into how she received her nomination certificate.
IED’s Executive Director Peter Alingo added that they have deployed observers who will monitor the voting process and conduct a private tallying for the institution to be compared to the one done by the IEBC.
“We have deployed 433 observers who are trained and they will be Kenyan’s representatives in ensuring that the elections are democratic and the IEBC keeps its promise,” he said.
Alingo called on the people of Makueni to remain peaceful and urged them to turn up in high numbers to exercise their democratic right.
He also asked the IEBC to beef up their security to ensure that the ballot boxes and voters are secured.
The organization however, faulted the High Court ruling that allowed IEBC to superimpose Mutula Kilonzo Junior’s name on the ballot paper saying it may dent the credibility of the process.