IEBC lines up 16-point agenda to deliver free, fair August poll

The Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission has 16 key agenda 24 days to the General Election to make the exercise a success.

The IEBC will start receiving ballot papers for the governor, woman representative, senator and MCA seats from July 15 in readiness for the polls.

The electoral agency, which is battling the presidential ballot papers printing tender case in court, has set August 2 as the last day of receiving the final batch of election materials. The commission has appealed a decision by the High Court which cancelled the printing of presidential ballots. A five-judge bench of the Court of Appeal on Friday started hearing the case, whose decision has far-reaching implications for election preparedness.

The IEBC will be holding its breath as it awaits the ruling. Chairman Wafula Chebukati (pictured) said the decision will inform the commission on the next course of action. The electoral agency will on July 20 gazette the names of those picked by political parties for special seats in Parliament and the county assemblies. Political parties have already submitted to the IEBC the names of their proposed nominated MPs and MCAs. The electoral body will seek candidates’ views and evaluate if they adhere to campaign guidelines on July 19.

“The IEBC will inspect polling stations and test transmission on Sunday, August 6,” states the IEBC election programme. For two days from August 6, the IEBC will display the poll register at the polling stations. On August 7, it will deploy polling station personnel, materials and the Kenya integrated election management system.On August 8, the polling stations will be open from 6am to 5pm. The IEBC will start counting, tallying and announcement of results at polling stations. On the same day, the IEBC will start electronic transmission of presidential results from polling stations.

The following day, August 9, the IEBC will announce the Presidential results. It will then gazette, scan and publish election results forms on August 14.

The last date for declaration of first round results is August 15.

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