The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Let's Give IEBC the Benefit of Doubt

THERE have been constant insinuations that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will not be able to hold the election on time.

Conspiracy theories abound that certain actors are determined to push the election date back from March 4 to August 2013. Certainly some offices and institutions have dragged their feet. Parliament could have been swifter in enacting key legislation.

The IEBC itself got in a muddle over the initial procurement of the BVR kits. The Treasury and the Attorney General's office should have been faster in handling the BVR kits order.

Despite all this, President Kibaki, Prime Minister Odinga, IEBC chairman Ahmed Issack are all insisting that the elections can be held on time.

Yet the doubters keep picking holes. The IEBC has conducted 16 by-elections, 60 local elections and a referendum since it was set up. There has not been a single appeal to date.

Even if the updated voters register is only partly supported by BVR, the March 4 election can be credible, timely and transparent. Let us give the IEBC the benefit of the doubt.

We should not encourage the chorus of those who say the election should be postponed until after March 4.

Quote of the day: "Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws." - Second American president John Adams was born on October 30, 1735

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