By Eric Biegon
The election observation group ELOG now claims that the credibility of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is dented.
The group warns that this trend does not augur well for the country ahead of next year’s general elections.
The group is now calling for immediate reforms in the electoral system to restore public confidence in the institution.
Speaking as it released its report on the just concluded voter registration and Okoa Kenya verification exercises, ELOG charged that reforms must be instituted in the electoral system to avoid mayhem in next year’s election.
The group faulted IEBC over the manner it conducted the just concluded voter registration.
ELOG says it is hard to tell whether Okoa Kenya signature threshold was reached or not.
The electoral body has been on the receiving end of a verbal attack from key political players in the country.
The IEBC Chairperson Isaack Hassan who has been on the spotlight, has however dismissed calls by the Opposition CORD that they should resign for scuttling its Okoa Kenya referendum push.
Hassan is instead accusing a section of politicians of turning the electoral body into a punching bag.
The electoral body maintains CORD’s Okoa Kenya initiative has collapsed and can only be redeemed through a fresh start.
The commission also moved to pour cold water on CORD allegations that it was working at the behest of the ruling Jubilee coalition.
Hassan who led the other commissioners in displaying to the media on how the verdict over the Okoa Kenya signature verification process was arrived at, said the initiative has actually collapsed and can only be redeemed through a fresh start.
The IEBC boss said even after inviting CORD to send a representative to the Okoa Kenya signature verification exercise, the opposition coalition failed to do so.
According to IEBC, out of the 257 Okoa Kenya booklets submitted, 172 were handwritten, 43 printed and 2 both printed and hand written.
A number of anomalies were witnessed in the signatures, with one person signing against several names, while others even drew the image of a cow as a signature.