In Summary
  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Friday said printing of ballot papers would begin by the end of this week.

  • The commission has already decided to have all the candidates who took part in the annulled August 8 poll in the fresh elections.

  • The ballot papers, IEBC commissioner Roselyne Akombe said, will be printed by Dubai-based Al Ghurair.

The electoral commission says preparations for repeat presidential election, slated for October 26, are on course.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Friday said printing of ballot papers would begin by the end of this week.

AL GHURAIR

The commission has already decided to have all the candidates who took part in the annulled August 8 poll in the fresh elections.

The ballot papers, IEBC commissioner Roselyne Akombe said, will be printed by Dubai-based Al Ghurair.

“We tried to go to the UNDP, both parties said no, and we were back to Al-Ghurair. So, as a commission, we need to make a decision that we think is in the best interest of the voter,” Dr Akombe, who heads operations at the commission, said when she met election observers.

She said all technical operations were on course, with the commission having stalled on 10 things to right the wrongs in the annulled poll.

"If I were asked today whether the commission is ready the answer would be yes but the question is whether the environment and conditions are conducive for the commission to conduct a free, fair and credible election,” she said.

SAFARICOM

At the same time, the commission has said it will stick to its partnership with leading telecommunications firm Safaricom in the transmission of results.

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