The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been advised by Anne Waiguru, Chair of the Council of Governors (COG), to conduct a thorough evaluation of the 2022 General Election in order to inform the conduct of the following electoral cycle.
Waiguru stated, “There is a need to look at what worked, what failed, and the lessons learned in order to come up with recommendations that will inform the strategies to be employed to make the 2027 general election a success.” Waiguru was speaking at the IEBC’s Post-Election Evaluation forum on Monday.
The governor praised the IEBC for holding free and fair elections and said that the post-election assessment is an important event that signals the conclusion of one electoral cycle and the start of another.
The governor explained that the evaluation was made using the commission’s strategic plan, election operations plan, and international best practices in election management.
Speakers of the National Assembly Moses Wetangula, Speaker of the Senate Amason Kingi, Attorney General Justin Muturi, as well as high commissioners and leaders of several institutions, were present at the event.
Waiguru, who is also the governor of Kirinyaga County, stated that governors have kept their pre-election promise to fully support the IEBC and other agencies throughout the electioneering period by acting as agents of peace in their respective counties.
She mentioned how the recently completed study is anticipated to build on the 2017 evaluation and describe the takeaways, conclusions, and suggestions and how they influenced the 2022 elections.
The governor urged everyone involved to think back on and evaluate what transpired during the most recent elections, as well as the prior ones, in order to assist the next round of voting run more smoothly.
“Putting oneself through scrutiny is frequently uncomfortable, but it is the only way to advance. The governor informed the commission that maintaining transparency and accountability is essential, in fact, the cornerstone of good administration and the basis of the Kenyan Constitution.
Legal, policy, and administrative frameworks that will inform and direct the actions of IEBC in the conduct of free and fair elections were among the fundamental challenges and crucial areas that needed to be addressed, according to her.
Risk assessment, political party nominations, voter registration, voter education and information, logistical concerns, electoral observations, the actual voting process, counting, tallying, dispute resolution, the announcement of results, and electoral security are among the additional elements she claimed needed to be outlined.