July 27th 2017

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KEPSA meeting participants vow to ensure credible free and fair elections

Dr Roselyn Akombe dismissed any fears there would any technical hitches further adding that a machine having worked for a month, why would it fail on one day? She also called out those spewing hate messages in social media adding “we are also scavenging for hate speech and pulling it down”

By Njuguna Kirunkiru@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 17 Jul 2017 18:22 EAT

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi addressing media at a past event.

Kenya private sector alliance (KEPSA) today met with the IEBC officials at a Nairobi hotel under the Mkenya Daima stakeholders meeting on matters election preparedness. The IEBC confirmed it was ready to carry out the August 8th general elections and deliver effectively.

Dr Roselyn Akombe dismissed any fears there would any technical hitches further adding that a machine having worked for a month, why would it fail on one day? She also called out those spewing hate messages in social media adding “we are also scavenging for hate speech and pulling it down”

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi in attendance confirmed all the necessary bodies were prepared and were working hand in hand with the government to ensure free credible and fair elections.

“the security sector has done a risk assessment across the country so we are able to prepare effectively to provide our expected facilitation to the IEBC to be able to hold free, fair and credible elections and I can confirm to you we are ready because this is a plan that has been going on for the last one year led by my late colleague Joseph Nkaiserry since June last year. ‘’

The Communications Authority of Kenya Director General Francis Wangusi emphasized all communication channels were under watch adding the social media would not be pulled down unless they were pushed to do so and warned media houses in creating their own tallying centers’ stating only the IEBC had the power to declare results.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Francis Ole Kaparo called upon the political leaders to embrace a culture of tolerance and refrain from organizing goons to go heckle their opponents and termed the heckling as “stupid and outdated”

He said there were pursing 21 WhatsApp groups across the 47 counties spreading false news and incitement, emphasizing it as a major crackdown.

He also urged Kenyans to respect the institutions they’ve created and stop cannibalizing them and give the IEBC space to deliver.

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