IEBC holds stakeholders forum on election preparedness

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is holding stakeholders consultative meetings aimed at sensitizing the electorate on the Commission’s preparedness as the country heads to the general election.

According to Kisumu Deputy County Returning Officer, Edwin Nyakoyo, the forums were important as the stakeholders will play a key role in the voter education exercise that is expected to kick off next month.

The forum held at Tom Mboya Labour College on Thursday brought together representatives of the youth, women, special groups and religious leaders

The voter education exercise is very important as it will help us inform the electorate on the election system to be used in August and also reduce the number of spoilt votes in elections, he added.

Nyakoyo acknowledged that security was an important aspect of the electoral process, and that the commission would involve all security agencies in the county to review the security status as electioneering period gain momentum.

We are currently recruiting election officials and we will ensure that we get individuals who are not aligned to any political party to ensure election credibility, he added.

In the forum, stakeholders expressed fear that the technology would fail as it did in the last election but Nyakoyo assured them that IEBC will use the Kenya Integrated Election Management System to conduct election as it did in the voter verification exercise.

He further stated that they were going to test the systems in every polling station.

Rev. Oscar Otieno of the Anglican Church challenged IEBC to ensure they conduct a transparent election for peace to prevail in the county.

The stakeholders agreed to educate the voters on the election system and to also sensitize them to vote in August.

Source: Kenya News Agency