25 January 2013

Kenya: Cabinet Asks IEBC to Gazette Polling Stations

The Cabinet yesterday called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to quickly gazette the 33,000 polling stations that will be used for the March 4th general election.

During a meeting chaired by President Kibaki, the cabinet also asked the IEBC to open the voter register for scrutiny at the polling station level, before January 27 as legally required.

During the meeting at State House Nairobi, the Cabinet directed all relevant government agencies to ensure adequate security, during the campaigns as well as during and after the elections.

The meeting agreed that there is need for "a proper and thorough civic education" on the voting processes . The Cabinet urged the public to confirm their voter registration status at their respective polling stations.

It also asked Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to closely liaise with the Attorney General Githu Muigai to urgently fill the office of dDeputy CJ. The Judicial Service Act requires Parliament to vet and approve the person being appointed as the CJ or DCJ. The Cabinet yesterday however agreed that the DCJ can be appointed even if it is temporarily.

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