AUGUST 9TH GENERAL ELECTIONS CONDUCTED IN A PEACEFUL MANNER, FECCLAHA ELECTION OBSERVATION PRELIMINARY REPORT SAYS - FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN COUNCILS AND CHURCHES IN THE GREAT LAKES AND HORN OF AFRICA (FECCLAHA)

AUGUST 9TH GENERAL ELECTIONS CONDUCTED IN A PEACEFUL MANNER, FECCLAHA ELECTION OBSERVATION PRELIMINARY REPORT SAYS

Security officers keep vigil at Ruiru Constituency tallying centre on 10th August 2022

The FECCLAHA Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Kenya has released a preliminary report with findings and observations on the just concluded elections, indicating that the 9th August General Elections was conducted in a peaceful manner.

Following an invitation and accreditation by the Independent and Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), FECCLAHA deployed an Election Observation Mission to observe and asses the conduct of the presidential as well as the local electoral processes. The team was led by the FECCLAHA Executive Director and comprised of the senior mission leadership team which included members from the FECCLAHA: Executive Committee; Working Group on Peace and Security and Regional Faith Women Mediators Network (REFWOMEN). This was composed of twenty six observers, six of whom were drawn from FECCLAHA member countries who were supported by the Secretariat and the Election Management Experts.

The team was first taken through a two-day training on Election observation where they were taken through:  historical context of the politics and elections in Kenya; Electoral Cycle in Kenya; Election Observation; Key principles of election observation; Legal frameworks; Election administration and Management; Security briefs; Deployment plans as well as Election Checklists-Critical incidents and Collation forms.

FECCLAHA Observer Mission during a training on election observation held on 6th and 7th August 2022, Nairobi- Kenya.

The Observation Mission was deployed in fifteen out of the forty two counties in Kenya to observe election activities with a view to contribute to providing an impartial assessment and objective critique to the electoral process as well as providing opportunities for learning and exposure on the importance of religious communities in contributing to peaceful, free and fair elections. They observed the opening, polling, closing and tallying processes as well as the general environment within which the polling was taking place. They visited 44 constituencies across the country and in the counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Laikipia, Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Nakuru, Siaya, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Homabay, Kakamega, Vihiga and Kisumu.

The preliminary report released on 12th August 2022, outlined observations such as: Sufficient number of electoral personnel; satisfactory gender presence and participation; condusive polling environment, good representation of candidates, sufficient election materials. However, there was a low voter turnout with some polling stations/centers opening late owing to delays/malfunctioning of the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS kit) as well as total disregard to the Covid-19 protocols.

The report also gives recommendations to the government to facilitate a timely and smooth transition to the incoming president in accordance with the 2010 Constitution of Kenya. It also recommends that the IEBC proactively addresses emerging challenges and respond comprehensively to concerns and issues that may affect or are related to the tabulation processes. It urges contestants to engage their supporters to ensure no acts of violence take place during the tabulation process at the constituency and national tallying centers, and IEBC in resolving any emerging concerns as well as to publicly commit to maintain peace and to seek redress for any electoral complaints through the stipulated legal channels.

It further recommended for the respect of human rights and refrain from using excessive force by the police; and urged the religious leaders to encourage dialogue among political actors and mediate emerging conflicts, to continue monitoring any tensions at the grassroots even as they persist in prayers for a smooth tallying process and transition.

This elections saw a total of 16,098 candidates cleared by IEBC to vie for various elective seats with cleared political party affiliated candidates being 11,574 and independent candidates at 4,426 out of which 14,137 were male, 1,962 were females and 4,526 youth.

The event is finished.

Date

Aug 06 - 12 2022
Expired!

Time

8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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