IEBC ready to deliver August 8th polls

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission- IEBC maintains that it is well within its timelines to deliver the August 8th General Election.

IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba says the commission has already begun the process of shipping in ballot papers in readiness for the poll.

On Tuesday night, the first batch of ballot papers arrived in the country from Dubai, with more expected in coming days.

The arrival of 243 pallets of ballot papers signaled IEBC’s resolve to meet its electoral timelines despite growing concern that August 8th may be a pipe dream for the commission.

Chiloba led the commission in welcoming the consignment at the JKIA, exuding confidence that Kenyans will head to the poll in August.

Already, IEBC has begun the process of distributing non-strategic materials to its centers across the country, with ballot papers expected to head to the counties in the coming days.

Despite the arrival of the ballot papers, questions still linger on how the commission will handle the printing of the Presidential ballot, considering the limited time remaining to the poll.

On 7th of this month, the High Court halted the printing of the presidential election ballot papers by the Dubai based Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company.

The three judge-bench also ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission- IEBC to commence a fresh procurement process citing failure by the commission to conduct public participation.

The opposition, National Super Alliance – NASA had claimed the award of the tender had been influenced by the relationship between Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company and one of the presidential candidates.

Voter bribery

Separately, Candidates dishing out goodies during the ongoing election campaigns risk prosecution as the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission moves to sanitize political campaigns.

EACC chairperson Bishop Eliud Wabukhala says freebies given to the electorate days to the election amounts to corruption.

A recent video showing a certain parliamentary hopeful for Embakasi East dishing out free packets of Unga to prospective voters went viral with the said candidate claiming his was a gesture of goodwill but not bribery.

But the body mandated to deter corruption in the country, the Ethics and Anti-corruption commission says the incident amounts to corruption given that it was part of a campaign tool.

Wabukhala says Kenyans have an opportunity to weed out politicians who have questionable character come the August polls.

Sentiments supported by the National Anti-corruption campaign steering committee, which says corruption remains the biggest threat yet to free and fair elections.

The two bodies cautioned members of the public against using the social media platform to spread hate.

EACC has in the meantime said it has recovered a substantial amount of stolen money in its ongoing war on corruption.

 

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