IEBC to re­vise 2017 plan due to new law

It says the new rules give im­prac­ti­cal time­lines and will af­fect the elec­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - FELIX OLICK @olick­fe­lix

The elec­toral agency will re­vise its 2017 roadmap fol­low­ing the en­act­ment of the ne­go­ti­ated elec­toral laws.

How­ever, IEBC com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager An­drew Limo said the com­mis­sion is still hold­ing con­sul­ta­tive meet­ings with key stake­hold­ers.

“Al­though the Elec­tion Laws (Amend­ment) Act, 2016, which came into force on Oc­to­ber 4, 2016, will re­quire some ad­just­ments to the sched­ule of ac­tiv­i­ties, the com­mis­sion has not re­leased new time­lines for the Au­gust 2017 Gen­eral Elec­tion,” he said yes­ter­day.

“This is still a work in progress and we should be able to for­mally re­lease a re­vised elec­tion roadmap in due course”.

The new law sets rigid re­quire­ments and shorter time­lines, ef­fec­tively mess­ing up the ini­tial IEBC cal­en­dar for the Au­gust 8, 2017 polls.

For in­stance, the new law makes it mandatory for an in­te­grated elec­tronic elec­toral system.

This means bio­met­ric voter reg­is­tra­tion kits, elec­tronic voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion kits and the re­sults trans­mis­sion system must be in­te­grated. The tech­nol­ogy, specif­i­cally EVID, has not been ac­quired 10 months to the polls.

The law re­quires all tech­nol­ogy be pro­cured eight months to the polls.

The elec­toral agency — yet to get new com­mis­sion­ers 10 months to the poll — says the time­lines in the law are not fea­si­ble and warns the leg­is­la­tion to have “far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions on the man­age­ment of elec­tions”.

The ma­jor chal­lenge will be around man­ag­ing the ac­qui­si­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of tech­nol­ogy, it says.

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