In Summary
  • On Wednesday,  five of the seven-member special electoral commission team created to run the repeat elections joined the 47 county returning officers, who double as county election managers, in the second day of a three-day conference at the Safari Club in Nairobi.

  • In the workshop, the teams have developed 23 questions that the IEBC has been asked to meet in the fresh poll, with each of the agency officers present asked to discuss its viability and its effect on the planned October 17 election.

  • Further, the team has been working on ways to improve its training materials in preparation for the polls, while at the same time discussing legal compliance in the fresh polls.

The electoral agency has rolled out a detailed training plan for its 47 county election managers.

On Wednesday,  five of the seven-member special electoral commission team created to run the repeat elections joined the 47 county returning officers, who double as county election managers, in the second day of a three-day conference at the Safari Club in Nairobi.

The five had acted as county returning officers in the August 8 General Election.

“Massive work is going on. After the timelines were rolled out, different teams are working on the budget, the training manual, reviewing of transport and logistics and the configuration of the elections kits for the fresh poll – all aimed at achieving the same thing,” Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission  communications manager Andrew Limo said of the ongoing workshop.

QUALITY CHECKS

He went on: “The commissioners were, as the conference went on, in a meeting and will be involved in the quality checks.”

In the workshop, the teams have developed 23 questions that the IEBC has been asked to meet in the fresh poll, with each of the agency officers present asked to discuss its viability and its effect on the planned October 17 election.

Further, the team has been working on ways to improve its training materials in preparation for the polls, while at the same time discussing legal compliance in the fresh polls.

In annulling the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Supreme Court in a 4-2 majority decision, faulted the IEBC for not conducting the elections in accordance with the Constitution.

THE TEAM

An audit ordered by the Chief Justice David Maraga-led court found massive clerical errors in 42 of the 290 constituencies, among them missing names of the constituency, handwritten names of constituency, lack of security features such as the serial number and the watermark in forms, cases where the IEBC stamp looks different and others where the form runs into several pages.

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