4 February 2013

Kenya's Electoral Commission Test Election Call Centre

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) looks set for the 4th March 2013 general election, having cleared the hurdle of accreditations for candidates and also released hotline numbers to be used during the voting and tallying day.

The electoral commission has released two hotlines: 0711 035 606 and 0711 035 616 which was activated on Saturday night on a trial basis and also citizens are requested and encouraged to follow the IEBC twitter handle twitter.com/IEBC and post their questions on matters regarding the election .

A statement released by the commission over the weekend stated that provisional results from all parts of the country will be received and tallied at the centre in real time at the commission's designated venue Bomas, where provisional results from all over the country will be screened and official results tallied and announced giving accredited local and international media practitioners access into the venue during the election period.

IEBC has also 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 with 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.

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