The Independent Electoral Board (IEBC) yesterday released results that include a 90 per cent of 300 election petitions as a sign of how the 2017 poll was well managed.
The Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said that the post-poll evaluation forum that the agency did well a big thumbs up. “The commission did well and we are proud of what we did” he said this while the Electoral Board was holding a two-day evaluation at the Sarova Panafric Hotel.
It is believed that there were 388 petitions which were filed after the election period which made the Supreme Court to invalidate the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta terming the case as “irregularities”.
Although the petitions had increased in number as from 2017 from the previous 188 general Election the percentage rate had declined from 24 of the 2013 poll cases allowed against 115 which were dismissed, 17 cases were withdrawn and 31 were left out on technical grounds.
The IEBC Chairman has then pleaded with the Parliament together with the Treasury to ensure as smooth funding to the Electoral Board. He said, “The Election cycle never ends and we have activities that should be funded throughout the time”.
While addressing the forum, the National Assembly Justice and legal Affairs Committee Chairman William Cheptumo described the lack of quorum to conduct plenary at the IEBC as issue that should be fixed.