IEBC was transparent, independent and impartial says African Ombudsman Association

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)  has received a commendation from the African Ombudsman and Mediators’ Association (AOMA) for their handling of the country’s general election on August 8, 2022.

AOMA released its election monitoring report on Wednesday, March 1, which stated that the IEBC carried out its duties in a transparent, independent, and impartial manner, without favouring any side.

“The Mission observed that IEBC officials conducted their mandate in a transparent, independent, and impartial manner. Accredited Agents and Observers were granted access to the polling stations and tallying centres,” the report stated.

The report further highlighted that the counting of votes was carried out transparently in the presence of political party agents, media, and observers. The tallying of results by returning officers was also done procedurally and in a transparent manner.

The AOMA report also commended the IEBC’s preparedness in the distribution of polling materials, preparation of polling and tallying centres, and the conduct of IEBC officials. AOMA observer mission noted that some flaws in the logistical preparations by IEBC led to the postponement of gubernatorial elections in Kakamega and Mombasa Counties, as well as MP elections in Kacheliba, Pokot South, Kitui Rural and Rongai constituencies.

“The Mission took cognizance of the best practices that AOMA member countries could borrow from the Kenya 2022 general election process including the use of KIEMS kit technology in voter identification; the preparedness of the IEBC despite handling a large number of voters and six elections running concurrently; as well as stakeholder engagements by the IEBC,” the association noted in its final verdict of the electoral process in Kenya.

The general acceptance of the election results by aspirants and their supporters was also noted by AOMA. “The mission also observed that some candidates conceded defeat and sent congratulatory messages to their competitors after the declaration of the results. Some dissatisfied aspirants chose to use the constitutional post-elections disputes mechanisms and appealed to their supporters to maintain peace,” the AOMA observer mission said.

 

 

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