EAC Observers praises IEBC for successful technology use

East Africa Community Observer Mission in Kenya has lauded the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for carrying out a smooth voting exercise that ended on Tuesday.

In a press address on Thursday at the electoral commission’s National Tallying Center at the Bomas of Kenya, the observer mission said that the police also were in a position to ensure voters are secured during the exercise in polling stations.

The mission’s leader Jakaya Kikwete (Former Tanzania President) said that the police did not interfere with the voting exercise.

“The mission commends IEBC for the successful use of the technology in voter registration, voter identification, and the transmission of results,” Mr Kikwete said.

He said the technology has improved efficiency, and increased transparency in the country, unlike in the previous elections.

However, Mr Kikwetre said that there were a few cases related to the identification of the voters by the KIEMS kit, asking the commission to note such issues and resolve them in future.

“We recommend that the problems relating to KIEMS kit should be identified and necessary corrective measures be taken for better performance in future.”

Further, the mission raised concern over insufficient agents from independent candidates in the presidential race.

Mr Kikwete said that the mission realized that the leading alliances in the race deployed a few agents in polling stations compared to the Independent candidates vying for various seats.

“It was intriguing to note that the presence of many agents of Independent candidates…it appears there are many Independent candidates, which is good for democracy but there is a story behind it and we are going to take up that matter in the main report.”

This comes as the country anxiously continues to wait for the final presidential results, which are still being tallied.

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