Speaking during a press briefing convened to release the preliminary findings of the EAC mission in Nairobi, the Head of Mission, Dr Jakaya Kikwete, lauded the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for the improvements made in regard to transparency, preparations, and management of the 2022 Kenya General Election.
Dr Jakaya Kikwete addressing journalists in Nairobi
The EAC Election Observation
Mission has expressed satisfaction at the manner in which the voting exercise
in the Kenya 2022 General Election was conducted and called on Kenyans to
continue maintaining peace after the results are declared.
Speaking during a press briefing
convened to release the preliminary findings of the EAC mission in Nairobi, the
Head of Mission, Dr Jakaya Kikwete, lauded the Independent Electoral Boundaries
Commission (IEBC) for the improvements made in regard to transparency,
preparations, and management of the 2022 Kenya General Election.
“The Mission commends the IEBC on
the successful use of technology in voter registration, voter identification
and transmission of results. It has improved efficiency, and increased
transparency of the election process,” said Dr Kikwete.
Dr Kikwete, who is also a former
President of the United Republic of Tanzania said that the mission witnessed a
calm, peaceful, and orderly environment. He observed that most polling stations
opened on time, and the few which opened late for various reasons including
late setting up of the station, late arrival of polling materials or polling
officials were able to compensate for lost time by late closure of polls.
He added that at all polling
stations, security personnel were present and highly professional in the
discharge of their duties and responsibilities. “The security personnel did not
interfere with electoral processes nor did they intimidate voters. The Mission
commends the Kenya Police Service for a job very well done,” he said.
He, however, cited challenges in
the identification of voters using the KIEMS kits and recommended prompt
identification and resolution of the problems relating to the kits for better
performance in future elections.
“Further, the Mission noted that
at various stages of the electoral process, there were problems associated with
social media, particularly regarding disinformation, misinformation and hate
speech,” said Dr Kikwete said.
He also commended the mainstream media for voter
education and coverage of the electoral process.
Dr Kikwete said that the mission
observed that agents of political parties and candidates were present at polling
stations and were not encumbered in performing their duties.
“It was a bit concerning that it
was only the major political parties that were able to deploy agents and also
intriguing to note the presence of many agents of independent candidates,” he
said, adding that the protocols and procedures for opening and closure of
polling were observed.
Dr Kikwete said that the EAC
Observers noted that the party agents were placed too far from the polling
official identifying the voters and called on the IEBC to consider placing
party agents close to such officials to ascertain the authenticity of the
Dr Kikwete released the
preliminary findings at a joint media briefing with H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma
(former President of Sierra Leone and Head, AU-COMESA Election Observer
Mission) and H.E. Mulatu Teshome (former President of Ethiopia and Head, IGAD
Election Observer Mission).
The EAC Secretary General Dr
Peter Mathuki constituted the East African Community Election Observation
Mission to the 2022 Kenya General Election, drawn from the EAC region,
following the invitation of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission
(IEBC) of the Republic of Kenya.
The East African Election
Observation Mission was deployed in 16 teams in 27 Counties in the following
administrative regions: Nairobi region, Central region, Nyanza region, Eastern
region, Western region, Rift Valley and Coastal region. On polling day, they
were able to observe elections in 218 polling stations.
The Mission undertook
consultations with stakeholders including, the Chairman of the IEBC, Wafula
Chebukati and IEBC Commissioners, the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Justice
Martha Koome, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Dr Fred Matiangi, and all the
four Presidential candidates: H.E. William Ruto, the Deputy President, Rt. Hon.
Raila Odinga, the former Prime Minister, Reverend David Waihiga and Professor
George Wajackoyah, amongst other stakeholders.