IEBC embarks on review of what went wrong

April 17, 2013 4:22 pm
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Through its Communications Manager Tabitha Mutemi, the IEBC said it would contract an external firm to evaluate the entire ICT system used during the electoral period/FILE
Through its Communications Manager Tabitha Mutemi, the IEBC said it would contract an external firm to evaluate the entire ICT system used during the electoral period/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will take six months to review its preparations and conduct of the March 4 General Election and publish a detailed report.

Through its Communications Manager Tabitha Mutemi, the IEBC said it would contract an external firm to evaluate the entire ICT system used during the electoral period.

This will include the electronic transmission of results, performance of the Electronic Voter Identification Device, infrastructure capacity, results visualisation, skill capability and procurement of all ICT related aspects of the electoral process.

Mutemi noted that the IEBC was already undertaking a thorough review of the status and contents of the current voter register before publishing a report in due course.

“The first activity after a General Election is the post election evaluation. A well structured evaluation process reveals the current reality and projects this to improve strategies and processes for future elections,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

In a detailed judgment released to the public on Tuesday, the Supreme Court recommended further investigations and possible prosecution of the IEBC tender committee members.

The court noted that the committee members participated in the procurement of faulty technologies used in the General Election.

The judges ruled that it was likely that the procurement process was marred by competing interests involving impropriety and possible criminality.

Mutemi added that the IEBC was open to any external investigation over its conduct of the elections further revealing that the Public Procurement Oversight Authority had already started the investigations.

She said that the procurement body had for the last two weeks been investigating the IEBC.

“IEBC welcomes a thorough external investigation and will co-operate with any agency that will be involved in the investigations on the matter,” she said.

She also refuted claims that the commission was divided over the post election analysis.

According to media reports, however, the alleged division cropped up because the commission was torn over a huge legal bill supposedly amounting to Sh380 million.

Mutemi pointed out that the IEBC would be guided by the Advocates Remuneration Act while settling the lawyer’s fees.

“Contrary to reports in a section of the media, there are no rifts within the commission on the issue of post election evaluation,” she maintained.

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