NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 16 – President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday met the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials at his Harambee House office in Nairobi.
The commissioners, led by chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan, briefed the President on the progress in the implementation of reforms the commission has embarked on.
President Kenyatta encouraged the IEBC to work with all stakeholders in the implementation of reforms, saying an electoral body is fundamental to any democracy.
The IEBC chairman said after Kenyans enacted the new Constitution in 2010, the commission introduced innovations in the electoral process, especially in Information Communication Technology, to boost its efficiency.
Hassan said in the run up to the last election, IEBC established a legal framework to guide the electoral process in line with universal democratic principles.
“The legal reform process involved the enactment of new electoral laws, consolidation, harmonisation, amendment and repealing of statutes that were not in harmony with the new Constitution,” Hassan said.
The legal reforms address the registration and voting of Kenyans in the Diaspora, legislation on the use of appropriate technologies, regulation of political parties, campaign financing and mechanisms for resolving electoral disputes.
Hassan also disclosed the commission’s intention to acquire a building that will be its headquarters.
“This is in line with practices by other election management bodies that have their own buildings. This is the best practice as happens in other countries, including Ghana, India, Botswana and South Africa,” said the IEBC Chairman.
He said the commission – currently housed at the Anniversary Towers in Nairobi – is congested and fraught with security vulnerabilities.