3 March 2013

Kenya: Time for Kenya's Date With Destiny

Nairobi — The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has said it is ready for Monday's General Election.

IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan on Sunday said the commission had put in place all the necessary measures to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

Addressing a press conference at the Bomas of Kenya, Hassan said the commission had distributed strategic and non-strategic voting materials countrywide.

"Ballot papers and ballot boxes as well as statutory forms 34 and 35 and pool books are available at all stations and our officers are now ready to conduct the elections," he said.

The IEBC begun distributing ballot papers on Thursday and assured Kenyans that all the materials required for voting would be in the polling stations across the country by 6pm on Sunday.

To ensure that voting went on peacefully, Hassan confirmed that the commission through the assistance of the Inspector General of Police had deployed 99,000 security personnel to the over 33,000 polling stations and the national election centres.

"The security personnel were trained by the commission on the electoral process and operations and they are already on the ground," he said.

On matters of election offences, Hassan said that the commission had developed guidelines for investigation and prosecution of election offences and they are working closely with the Judiciary and police to ensure fast prosecution of those found committing any offences.

"The Director of Public Prosecutions and police are monitoring throughout the country incidents of election offences... so let people be warned," he cautioned.

At the same time Hassan urged Kenyans to come out in large numbers and vote, maintain peace and give their officers all the support they need.

He said that polling stations would be opened from 6am up to 5pm and any voter who presents him/herself by 5pm in the queue would be allowed to vote as long as they had their identity cards and/or passports.

The commission said it would work to have provisional result of the election within 48 hours.

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