The chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati has maintained the agency will be ready to hold fresh elections on October 17.
That is despite misgivings from some stakeholders, including Jubilee, Nasa and other players in the forthcoming contest. The commission on Friday published a working time sheet indicating when various activities will be done from the time the Supreme Court ordered fresh election until the date Kenyans will cast their votes. In the past few days, a number of stakeholders have questioned the readiness of the commission to conduct fresh polls in the aftermath of the acute divisions among the commissioners and the secretariat.
The Opposition Nasa has even threatened to boycott the polls until the commission calls for stakeholders’ engagement to address a number of contentious issues, especially those arising from the August 8 poll.
However, in a statement published yesterday on IEBC Twitter handle, Chebukati said the commission would go ahead with the date they announced last week and had prepared timelines with key milestones leading to the election.
Part of these guidelines includes the confirmation and certification of voters register between September 24 and October 8. On Sunday, the commission will start the accreditation of voter education provider, domestic and international observers and the signing and submission of code of conduct, an exercise expected to take one week.
The voter education campaign will start on September 18 and close on October 15. Other important timelines include the recruitment of election officials (Presiding Officers, deputy presiding officers and clerks) on 10 September and the gazettement of polling stations and tallying centres on Tuesday 19 September. The final list of the successful election officials will be published on October 7.
The statement said the commission would hire 40,883 presiding and deputy presiding officers, 135,038 clerks, 580 ICT support staff and 290 logistics assistants. “The officers shall be drawn from our existing database of applicants excluding those that may have committed irregularities during the August 8 election.
The personnel and material to be used for the fresh elections will be deployed October 16 ahead of the eventual voting the following day. The upgrade, configuration and deployment of the contentious KIEMS gadgets started as from September 4 and will be completed on October 10.
The commission has already retrieved the kits from the field and will prepare them before uploading the register of voters on 21 September. They will be distributed to the field before simulation is done on October 10. Polling station will open at 6am and close by 5pm on the voting day October 17.
Counting, tallying and announcement of results at the polling stations will be done on the same day. The electronic transmission of votes from polling stations, collation and announcement of Presidential results at the constituency will also be done on the voting day.