In Summary
  • For Chebukati, the shadow of an annulled poll will always haunt him.

  • The electoral cycle revolves around three main areas – the pre-electoral period, the electoral period and the post-electoral period.

  • 2018 will be the year of transforming the institution to make it more responsive and sustainable.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) boss Wafula Chebukati breathed a sigh of relief at the end of one of the most bitterly fought presidential contests between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

He has told some of his close friends that he is happy to reclaim his life after literally knowing no sleep for months although the shadow of an annulled poll will always haunt him.

 

Q: When are you commencing post-election evaluation?

A: Electoral management bodies work around what has come to be known as the electoral cycle. It is a practice that sees elections as continuous processes rather than isolated events. The electoral cycle revolves around three main areas – the pre-electoral period, the electoral period and the post-electoral period. We are now in the post-electoral period where we are preparing for Post-Election Evaluation. This will be the first task in the New Year.

The report, which we will make public, will hopefully help bring clarity to some of the issues that we may not have had the opportunity to clarify and therefore unfortunately contributed to a poor people’s trust in the institution. We have planned nine clusters of country workshops that will bring together all stakeholders, key among them political parties. Each cluster will give a report to the national workshop in May, 2018. There is a technical working committee and it will entail focus group discussions etc.

 

Q: What are the likely areas of focus?

A:  The review will be in all areas of an election process – legal, voter registration, voter education, electoral technology, costs, financing, procurement and communication. The Commission is keen to understand the effectiveness of its operations and the voter experience in the electoral process – what worked well and what could have been done better. I expect the outcome to be incisive and candid.

 

Q: Lessons from August 8 and October 26?

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