April 27th 2017

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IEBC beats retreat, okays NASA's plans for parallel vote counting

It has also been put clear that all stakeholders including political parties and the state security agencies should condemn violence at all cost and they should encourage their members to flee from any conduct that is likely to bring forth violence during and after the general elections.

By Cynthia Gitaucgitau@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 06 Apr 2017 16:02 EAT

NASA principals meeting IEBC commissioners at Anniversary Towers today.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has softened its stance in opposing the National Super Alliance's (NASA) plans to conduct parallel voter tabulation (PVT) results during the August 8 general elections. IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati says the opposition can have a parallel centre for purposes of monitoring, tallying and verifying election results for internal use.

Mr Chebukati however said it’s only the IEBC which has the mandate to announce and declare the results of an election. “Parties recognise that it is the mandate of the IEBC to announce and declare the results of an election. However, political parties and media may monitor, tally and verify the results for the own internal use,” he stated.

He made the announcement today after meeting NASA principals led by Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, who all declined to make any statement to journalists. Also discussed during the meeting was a technical committee that will oversee the implementation of technology which will formally commence its meetings next week after the parliament’s approval on the regulations on ICT.

It has also been put clear that all stakeholders including political parties and the state security agencies should condemn violence at all cost and they should encourage their members to flee from any conduct that is likely to bring forth violence during and after the general elections.

KPMG shall also engage stakeholders on the process of the audit of the register which will ensure that everyone is on board during the election process. NASA principals also welcomed the commission’s initiative to organize a national conference on elections in June 2017.

Parties also welcomed the commission’s initiative to set up a platform for regular engagement with political parties’ consultative forum to be chaired by the chairperson of the commission. “Parties are also committed to transparent acquisition and deployment of electoral technology. The commission shall share more information with stakeholders including specifications” said IEBC chairman in a statement that was released after the meeting.

On the number of agents, political parties shall deploy agents in polling stations accordance with the law. Lastly on the ODM primaries, the commission shall consult internally and communicate on the issue by tomorrow morning. ODM pushed its nomination by one day and would start on Saturday instead of tomorrow.

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