IEBC trains officials from 290 constituencies at a go

October 6, 2017 11:27 am
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IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati was scheduled to open the training which will see 290 Returning Officers and their deputies instructed on election management/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 6 – A four-day training of election officials from all constituencies is set to kickoff Friday at a Nairobi hotel as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) readies for the October 26 fresh presidential election.

IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati was scheduled to open the training which will see 290 Returning Officers and their deputies instructed on election management.

Also to be trained are 47 county managers and 47 county ICT officers.

The training session follows completion of the revision of the Commission’s training guideline on Tuesday this week.

The Commission has also completed training master trainers who will facilitate training of poll officials.

Areas of training will include filling of statutory forms, computation of results as well as transmission of the same to Constituency Tallying Centres and the National Tallying Centre.

Election officials overseeing polls in the 40,883 polling stations countrywide are expected to be deployed on the eve of the Election Day, or earlier, depending on logistical arrangements required.

IEBC Chairperson Chebukati had said on Tuesday that the Commission was reorganizing its staff in a move to strengthen election management in the new poll.

“We’re dealing with matters as regards to what the Supreme Court stated. Issues raised by the National Super Alliance (NASA) will be addressed with the Supreme Court judgment so that whatever we do is in compliance with the Constitution,” he said.

During his press conference after holding meetings with NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, and later Deputy President William Ruto (Jubilee), Chebukati assured that the Commission had fully addressed concerns raised by NASA, pledging to avail a formal response to the alliance tentatively Wednesday.

The Commission also presented a memorandum to a Joint Parliamentary Select Committee detailing its stance on proposed amendments to the Elections Act and the Election Offences Act.

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