In Summary
  • The position of the commission has been that we need to wait for the detailed judgment from the Supreme Court, audit ourselves and look at the areas for improvement,  then we move from there.

  • We project about KSh12 billion ($116 million) most of which will go towards human resources and logistics.

  • We were working both in Nairobi and Europe with our partners, as our servers were hosted by one of the best cloud firms called Entity.

So what’s going on at the IEBC?

A lot of things have been happening. We were all waiting for the Supreme Court decision, which was delivered. We’ve been reflecting on the decision for the purposes of fulfilling our mandate. Now, we are busy planning for the fresh presidential election as ordered by the Supreme Court.

Everybody has made their view on the Supreme Court ruling known. What are your personal views on this ruling as a person who actually conducted this election?

It’s one of the things we never expected, given that we worked very hard to win the case. However, the Supreme Court has propounded itself with its ruling.

We respect their judgment. If you look at any working democracy, you find that independent institutions work to check each other.

We had our day in court and, of course, we have to respect the order as directed by this court and, hopefully, meet the new obligations as laid out.

FRESH ELECTION

We now have under 60 days to run a fresh election, but we still don’t know what we need to improve on for the purposes of ensuring that the next elections meet the standards set.

We are waiting to understand the key reasons  the August election was annulled and what we need to improve on so as to achieve better results in the new election.

The findings that the court made were an indictment on IEBC, which you head. Do you think this is an extension of the indictment on you as a person and the way you conducted these elections?

We do not know yet the reasons as to why the court reached that decision, and that’s why it is important for us to have a detailed judgment. Our suspicion is that most of it could be about processes in terms of results transmission, and we are keen to know the details. I wouldn’t say it’s an indictment on me as an individual but rather as an institution.

Have you been asked to resign?

Not at all. No one has been asked to resign. The position of the commission has been that we need to wait for the detailed judgment from the Supreme Court, audit ourselves and look at the areas for improvement,  then we move from there. The question about resignation becomes difficult now because no one is able to tell where the responsibility lies, unless you get the details.

If the full ruling comes out and there is evidence that you were culpable as an individual, will you resign?

I will.

The ruling talked about illegalities and irregularities on the part of your commission. Did you play any role in this?

Where you have irregularities and illegalities, these don’t necessarily lead to criminality. The latter means that you intentionally tried to play the system, and that was not the case in our handling of the election process.

If anything, a lot that went right can be counted and is self-evident. We had 1,882 elective positions across the country and they went through the same process and, in more than 95 per cent, people were satisfied with the outcome.

You don’t take that on the face value. It’s not really an individual’s perspective, but the commission’s. We need to wait for the detailed judgment. To me, the question then is: What is it that constitutes an irregularity and an illegality that violated the Constitution and the Elections Act?

This week we saw the chairman of the commission name a new project team that will be in charge of the fresh election. What is your take on that?

We’ve always run our major operations under project teams, including voter registration, education, tallying centre management and such. This isn’t a new idea, but how we operate within IEBC. What the chair was demonstrating to the country is that we are getting ready for the elections and this is how we operate.

So the Chairman of the commission did not sideline you in any way?

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