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Elections Commission begins
six-month post poll audit

The Commission’s internal Risk and Audit Directorate is undertaking an in-depth and thorough review of the status and content of the current voter register

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s electoral body on Wednesday said it will undertake the most exhaustive post-election evaluation conceivable in the next 3 to 6 months after the March 4 general elections ended with Supreme Court ruling on March 30.

In a statement issued in Nairobi, the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said a well-structured evaluation process reveals the current reality and projects this to improve strategies and processes for future elections.

The Commission’s internal Risk and Audit Directorate is undertaking an in-depth and thorough review of the status and content of the current voter register. The report will be shared with key stakeholders when completed,” IEBC said.

The electoral body said the Commission has been engaged in a planning session in the coastal city of Mombasa in the last three days to develop a detailed concept and structure for the evaluation with realistic timelines and a budget.

This is necessary to provide a framework that is focused and accountable. The Commission has agreed with UNDP to secure an external firm to conduct a detailed evaluation of the entire electoral ICT operations,” the statement said.

The polls body said detailed terms of references have been developed and include all aspects of Elections Result Transmission, performance of the Electronic Voter Identification Device (EVID), infrastructure capacity, results visualization, skill capability, procurement and other ICT related aspects of the electoral process.

The Commission is fully committed to a thorough post election evaluation to be undertaken both internally and externally,” IEBC said in the statement.

The statement came a day after the Supreme Court recommended investigation and possible prosecution of electoral commission officials who may have been involved in impropriety during the procurement of electronic elections equipments.

In response, the IEBC said it welcomed a thorough external investigation and will co-operate with any agency that will be involved in the investigations of the matter.

As a matter of fact, the Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA) has been investigating the same for the last 14 days with our fullest co-operation,” it said.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko on Wednesday formed a team to help investigate the procurement process of the Electronic Voter Identification (EVID) and Results Transmission System (RTS) in the March 4 elections.

In a letter, Tobiko directed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to conduct investigations into the acquisition of the kits as directed by the Supreme Court and forward a report on the findings to his office for action.

He said his office has already appointed a prosecutor to guide the electoral body on the process of investigating any misdeeds that might have occurred during the procurement process.


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