2 February 2013

Kenya: IEBC Racing Against Time to Prepare Election

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) appears set for the general election, having embarked on accreditations and released hotline numbers to be used during the voting and tallying day.

The electoral commission said the hotlines will be activated on Saturday night on a trial basis.

The numbers are 0711 035 606 and 0711 035 616.

The public can also visit the IEBC twitter page - twitter.com/IEBCpage and post their questions on matters regarding the election.

Already the commission has designated the Bomas of Kenya as the venue for the national tallying centre.

A statement released by the commission at the weekend stated that provisional results from all parts of the country will be received and tallied at the centre in real time.

"This is where provisional results from all over the country will be screened and official results tallied and announced. Accredited local and international media practitioners will be given access into the venue during the election period," a statement from the commission indicated.

Kenyatta International Conference Centre was designated by the then Electoral Commission of Kenya as the national tallying centre in 2007.

IEBC has been putting up measures in place to ensure elections are conducted peacefully, transparently and democratically.

As a result, the commission has embarked on early preparations of sharing information in regards to the general election to avoid last minute hitches.

Politicians, civil society groups, the international community and other stakeholders keen on Kenya's electoral process have urged the commission to ensure mistakes of 2007 which included delaying the final results are not repeated.

European Union observers who arrived in Kenya two weeks ago will be deployed to various counties on Sunday to kick off on their mission.

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