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Implementation of electoral laws on course: IEBC

The Commission is engaging various stakeholders to create a common understanding on the implementation and impact of the new law on election operations. Photo/FILE.

The Commission is engaging various stakeholders to create a common understanding on the implementation and impact of the new law on election operations. Photo/FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 29 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Saturday said it had made remarkable progress in the implementation of the Elections Laws (Amendment) Act 2016, which came into force early this month.

According to IEBC Communications and Public Affairs Manager Andrew Limo, the Commission is engaging various stakeholders to create a common understanding on the implementation and impact of the new law on election operations.

He indicated that so far, meetings have been held with Parliament’s “Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, the Political Parties Liaison Committee and a number of non-state actors among them civil society organizations and development partners.”

He pointed out that the commission is working on general regulations for elections as well as specific regulations for voter education, voter registration and ICT.

“On ICT, the law requires the Commission to develop a policy on the progressive use of technology in the electoral process and also make regulations for the adoption and implementation of technology in the electoral process,” he said.

According to Limo, the Act further provides for the establishment of an integrated electronic electoral system consisting of voter registration, voter identification and results transmission that shall be used in the next general election.

“The Commission is receiving public comments and contributions on the proposals to be included in the ICT regulations. These proposals have been posted on the IEBC website with provision for online feedback on the link: http://bit.ly/IEBC-ICT-Regulations,” he said.

He explained that the Commission will soon incorporate the public comments received and present the proposed ICT regulations to Parliament as required by Section 109(3) of the Elections Act.

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