Maina Kiai's Column

Maina Kiai's Column

Game of numbers: Polls body’s credibility has taken a big hit

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We are exactly in the spot with our elections as predicted. We have had opaque and uncertain processes around the elections, because these processes were meant to lead to a certain and specific result.  And the numbers streaming on our screens confirm what result was intended. Those numbers may indeed be correct, but because they have been streamed from an unclear basis, and are also contrary to the laws and regulations, they have raised suspicions and tensions.  That is exactly the opposite of what the IEBC should be doing, unless it has orders to reach certain results, damn the consequences.…
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IEBC wants public trust though it's been less than transparent

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Let it not be said that we were not forewarned. I will be ecstatic to be proven wrong, but we are at a point when all indications suggest that we are headed for trouble with our elections. So we would be wise to prepare ourselves mentally, physically and in all ways possible. Last week I quoted an extract from the Court of Appeal judgment on the finality of results at the polling stations to highlight a key point. After the High Court invalidated election regulations that purported to give the Independent Electoral and Boundaries chairperson the power to alter, tamper or otherwise…
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Kenyans closing loopholes for stealing elections

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Kenyans keep learning from their past regarding election processes. After the 1992 elections, which brought Daniel Moi back to power in suspicious circumstances, Kenyans understood that without major electoral reforms the country would continue its downward spiral into poverty, theft, land grabbing and atrocities. Thus, in 1997, under the leadership of the civil society symbolised by the Rev Timothy Njoya, Prof Kivutha Kibwana, Davinder Lamba, Njonjo Mue, Willy Mutunga, Gibson Kamau Kuria, Kepta Ombati and I, Kenyans took to the streets demanding constitutional reforms before elections. The movement for change grew with every weekly protest, even as each was brutally…
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IEBC and police hold key to peaceful election

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It is interesting that it took the European Union election observers to warn on the possibility of violence around the elections to prompt the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to come out publicly. Civil society has been highlighting these risks for months, but the media has given scanty coverage to the reports. Much of the focus is on the role of politicians in exacerbating tensions. This is important, but we are courting disaster if we don’t address the most important triggers to chaos. We all want peace. But we need to be clear what sort of peace we want. We…
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Is media working with Jubilee to distort non-partisan ideas?

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It is disappointing that the mainstream media generally presented a false narrative that the case filed by Khelef Khalifa, Tirop Kitur and I on the finality of election results at the polling station was a National Super Alliance case. Nasa joined the proceedings as an interested party only after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission appealed the High Court’s decision, which the media reported accurately. But Nasa was never a part of the case, and joined because it saw the value of increasing transparency and accountability in the election process. That is to Nasa’s credit. We had hoped that Jubilee,…
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IEBC just lost last chance to be credible arbiter in election

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The procurement scandal around the tendering for the printing of ballots to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing company from Dubai speaks volumes. As the maxim goes: “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck!” Something shady is going on and we may be the worse for it on August 8. It is now clear that, legally or not, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was determined to grant Al Ghurair this contract. We can speculate about IEBC’s reasons, but ultimately, it will be responsible if our fervent…
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