In Summary
  • The IEBC agreed to give access to servers and for results forms to be sent concurrently with text results.

  • It allowed candidates’ agents to sit in with its officials as results are verified.

  • But the commission will not change its poll technology provider or ballot paper printer.

  • It will also not sack its CEO or commissioners or hire afresh 290 returning officers.

The electoral agency on Tuesday answered the opposition Nasa on its ‘irreducible minimums’, conceding to access to servers and a requirement to have all results forms to be sent concurrently with the text results.

However, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) refused to change the poll technology provider, French-based OT-Morpho, and the presidential elections ballot paper printer, Dubai-based Al-Ghurair Printing Company, citing time constraints and possibility of modifications.


The October 10 letter sent to Nasa chief executive Norman Magaya, however, might have come a little too late following Mr Raila Odinga’s Tuesday dramatic withdrawal from the October 26 repeat presidential elections, and demand for fresh nominations and a new poll within 90 days.

In his withdrawal, Mr Odinga blamed what he said was IEBC’s failure to address the coalition’s concerns in its 12-point ‘irreducible minimums.’

In the letter, the IEBC also turned down a demand by the Raila Odinga-led Nasa to fire its Chief Executive Ezra Chiloba, commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu. The landmark Supreme Court ruling that annulled the August 8 poll did not find any IEBC staff or commissioner criminally culpable for the illegalities and irregularities the apex court cited.


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