BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,13TH OCT 2017-The independent Electoral and boundaries commission IEBC has says it is reday for fresh presidential poll slated for 26th October.The commission has also reassured that necessary changes have already been undertaken by the commission to ensure it delivers a free, fair and credible poll.Commissioner Roselyne Akombe announced this on Friday saying there will be zero tolerance to non-compliance with its new guidelines.
The commissioner said IEBC resorted to contacting Al Ghurair for the printing of ballot papers after all political parties rejected an offer presented by UNDP.
She said printing will have begun “by the end of this week” and that the agency has also resolved to standardise all forms 34A and Bs to avoid discrepancies highlighted by the court.
She said KIEMS gadgets have been reconfigured to transmit both text and images with an effective complementary mechanism so delays are prevented as the court directed.
Akombe further said IEBC will not rush to announce results before verification.
“We have seven days to announce the results. We shall not be rushed to announce no matter the pressure mounted on staff. All results will be veriffied at the constituency level before transmission,” she said.
She added they have agreed with media stakeholders that all 290 constituencies will be covered during results announcement and that journalists will be given unfettered access to forms 34A and 34B.
Akombe said the commission has also resolved that since Safaricom is the main service provider in the country they will still provide the 3G network for results transmission.
“To say we cannot use Safaricom would be lying.”
She said the number of polling stations without the 3G network has reduced from 11,000 to nearly 3,000 stations among other measures.