IEBC – what the heck is going on?

We previously warned in JUKWAA of impending 2013 electoral malfeasance due to the lacking “I” in IEBC. We won’t definitely emulate the truly independent electoral bodies in Ghana and Guinea.

After the NSIS-engineered BVR procurement power-grab by Kibaki, it is clear IEBC is not Independent at all. Let us remember where political interference from State House (& threat of Kivuitu with AP guns) ultimately led the nation back in 2007.

The latest discomforting news reports indicate that on matters electoral kits it is; the Justice Minister, AG, or Finance Minister who are ‘authorized’ to issue comments. Just like that, IEBC’s independence has been robbed in broad daylight and people accustomed to it.

But wait a minute! One needs more than casual reading of newspapers to realize that Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa has no clue what is indeed transpiring regarding BVR procurement.

His serially evolving and supremely embarrassing statements regarding the number of kits so far received, is the best evidence he has no clue what’s going on. The stooge is merely given statements to read to the public; which turn out to be untrue (even before their ink dries).

  • Yesterday (Tuesday, October 16th, 2012), Eugene Wamalwa stood before the Press (public) and declared that all the 15,000 BVM kits ordered had arrived in the country.
  • Early Wednesday, October 17th, 2012, Wamalwa revised his figure, claiming only 5,000 kits had arrived.
  •  Later on the same day (Wednesday, October 16th, 2012), Wamalwa further downgraded the figure of kits received to 1,700.
  • Media scrutiny of IEBC officials on the same day astonishingly confirmed that only 200 BVR kits had in fact arrived.

Well, the signs are on the wall. Isaack Hassan and his team of inept wimps may just give us surprises in the last minute. Let’s keep an eye on this matter.

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52 comments on “IEBC – what the heck is going on?

  1. Goodness! the never- ending circus from this digital government is now turning out to be something else. Like many, I never supported this administration from the beginning but am frankly beginning to feel the heat for uhuru.

    Despite all the bad….the economy, security and other challenges, whether we like it or not, the 2017 election will now influence jubilee’s every decision. One can detect the panic that is setting in as a second term may not be guaranteed after all – going by the present situation.

    Talking of 2017 elections, Issaac and his team ‘are seemingly set’ and have proudly displayed the countdown to the elections on their web page (to the minute) . Apart from hiring a new CEO (who doesn’t inspire confidence IMO) what reforms (if any) have they done to ensure we do not see a repeat of what transpired during the last elections?
    To my point, I know there has been talk of some on-going mapping of Kenyan citizens residing outside the country. has this been completed or are we waiting for it to be ‘launched’ like everything else? Waiguru has a humongous budget for these kinds of things and I wouldn’t be entirely surprised.

    I get jittery when i hear Uhuru appointees talk about matters outside their dockets. Amina should stay on her lane and leave such pronouncements to the IEBC. I first heard this from Itumbi the director of diapora something and I dismissed it as a joke. kumbe these are some of the things cooking in the jubilee kitchen?

    Here is Amina (lest you thought uhuru’s entourage canceled the US trip in solidarity) delving into the issue of diaspora voting.
    Kenya to open five consulates in US ahead of 2017 General Elections
    http://standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000159817/kenya-to-open-five-consulates-in-us-ahead-of-2017-elections

  2. Going through the archives, Job was ever so right about the IEBC. His warning signs long long before IEBC was even in the picture were telling

    He predicted accurately the outcome of elections and the script that IEBC would run

    Very sad that many of us, I being the chief culprit, wanted so badly to believe a reformed IEBC would at least try to do the right thing

    anyway

    more of the rot

    http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000089482&story_title=shock-of-march-poll-kits-supplied-two-weeks-ago

    ==
    A company and a national agency contracted to supply lanterns and metal detectors curiously delivered the first batches of the equipment that was to cost Sh1.6 million too late.

    Solarmak, a private company, delivered 3,000 lanterns two weeks ago, being the first batch of 28,000 the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) had requisitioned for the elections, our investigations reveal. The tender was worth Sh105 million.

    This week, the supplies unit of the Department of Public Works delivered to IEBC 5,000 metal detectors, being the first batch of 103,000 requisitioned for the polls. The tender was worth Sh1.5 billion.

    Both deliveries come nearly five months after the historic polls concluded and are now the subject of investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

    The two tenders highlight the broken procedures and requisition of costly but unnecessary materials and equipment that became the hallmark of IEBC’s tendering process in the run-up to the polls.

    Documents in our possession indicate that Solarmak should not have won the tender to supply the lanterns in the first place; all the documents and certificates that accompanied their bid were found fake.
    ==

    as usual expect the turn arounds, article will be withdrawn, and the IEBC/TNA lawyers will manufacture some interesting spins and yarns

    • Tnk,

      Isaak Hassan and IEBC (remote-controlled by NSIS and the previous OP/State House) played this out in slow-motion until full conclusion.

  3. Was going through the bills and came across the County Government Bill 2012

    http://www.kenyalaw.org/klr/fileadmin/pdfdownloads/bills/2012/CountyGovernmentsBill2012.doc

    under (27)2 it explicitly states that

    ==
    PART IV—ELECTORAL WARDS

    Number and delimitation of electoral Wards, etc.
    27. (1) There shall be not more than one thousand four hundred and fifty electoral Wards for purposes of the election of county assembly members.

    (2) For purposes of the first general elections under the Constitution, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (in this Part referred to as the “Commission”) shall ensure that each county comprises at least fifteen Wards.
    ==

    A look at the wards and we discover that the counties Lamu and Isiolo each have only 10 wards

    So I went fishing for the ruling on boundaries

    http://kenyalaw.org/CaseSearch/view_preview1.php?link=92951254087553442684656

    in there, there is only talk about boundaries for wards and constituencies based on population and/or area issues. The issue of each county having at least 15 wards as per the county government bill is not covered in that ruling.

    Is there ground for a situation that the ward composition of counties in the current state is unconstitutional?

    Lets go back to the High Courts and obtain more interesting rulings about gradual provision of ward boundaries.

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      JUST FORWARDING CONCERNS OF A CITIZEN: WHERE IS IEBC TO IMPARTIALLY ENFORCE THE LAW?

      Watch the end of the video clip (captured live on January 27th, 2013 and uploaded in youtube by Joyce Ndinda).

      In-the-face Impunity – bribing voters in full glare of the public!

      By Joyce Ndinda

      IMPUNITY AND ELECTORAL CORRUPTION RIGHT IN YOUR FACE!

      Waititu dishing out money at Donholm:

      10. Every person shall be guilty of the offence of bribery who—
      (a) directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf, gives… any money or valuable consideration to or for any elector or voter… in order to induce any elector or voter to give or refrain from giving his vote, whether to a particular candidate or not, or corruptly does any such act as aforesaid on account of such elector or voter having given or refrained from giving his vote at any election, whether to a particular candidate or not…

      11. (1) Every person who—
      (a) commits the offence of .. bribery… shall be liable, in the cases referred to in paragraph (a), to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, and in any other case, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding four years.

      Since independence, inept and uncouth political criminals who pose as leaders have bribed their way into power (with probably stolen loot). The new Constitution and the amended Elections Act are now supposed to change this. The laws explicitly forbid voter bribery.

      The IEBC is required to safeguard this reform – by specifically enforcing the Electoral Act to root out electoral voter bribery. Indeed when IEBC does not enforce the Elections Act, it cannot promise Kenyans free and fair elections. It is not possible, period!

      Ndinda

      • Yeah!

        Where is Isaak Hassan? He is but another Kibunjia in a different office! Completely clueless about the mandates of their offices!!

        But come month end, the taxpayer has to bleed!! For what??

      • job,

        We should keep records of all these and do back ups. In fact this is what the Ushahidi group should be doing. Given the number of outright crooks running for seats and the number of seats there are going to be literally hundreds of cases of bribery. With all the cell phones and cameras Kenyans can assemble a mountain of evidence of bribery and if the IEBC is not willing to do their job expect major court battles after the elections.

        On the basis of that video alone Waititu should be in court. But he won’t because Isaack Hassan is just too compromised and the job is way above his pay scale. Look the mess IEBC has done with party nominations where they just blatantly broke the law by allowing people switch parties up to one week after the kegal deadline.

      • Adongo and Einstein,

        Yup..please send to Ushahidi if you could. IEBC’s partisan inaction must be exposed to the entire world to see.

        Coming to Waititu…this is the same guy caught on camera inciting hate and asking Maasais to leave Dandora. He is the same guy who had to massage his name to fit into someone else’s degree certificate from India…thus came Clifford.

        Here is ‘Clifford’ again…caught bribing voters in full public view.

        Even impunity should have limits!

      • Here is another voter bribery case involving Waititu, Sonko and Shebesh!

        Waititu in scuffle with angry youths

        TNA Nairobi County governor candidate Ferdinand Waititu was involved in a scuffle with irate youths while on a campaign trail in Kenyatta Market.

        Mr Waititu, who was accompanied by senate candidate Gidion Mbuvi ‘Sonko’ and women representative aspirant Rachel Shebesh, got into trouble when the youth demanded a share of the money they were allegedly dishing out.

        Waititu allegedly grabbed one of the hecklers while Sonko used a backroom door to escape from the fracas when the youth got out of control during Tuesday’s incident.

        Sonko was in a hall where the youth said he was allegedly giving out Sh500 per person as Waititu and Shebesh engaged those standing outside the building.

        The trio had attracted a crowd at a hall at the market where they were meeting youth groups and were almost leaving when some of the supporters, who claimed they had missed out on the money, confronted Waititu.

        A witness said he saw Sonko duck out of the room after the crowd overwhelmed their security.

        Yesterday, Waititu refused to comment on the matter while Sonko denied losing any jewellery during the fracas he blamed on his rivals.

        “We were in the area meeting more than 3,000 women when some youths tried to disrupt the meeting. It is not true that we were dishing out money,” he said.

        The flamboyant politician said he respected the law and that they were only receiving proposals from the women.

        Another witness said TNA youths later threatened to beat up Standard photographer Eugene Mokua who wanted to take their pictures after the incident.

        Kilimani OCPD Bernard Muli said the incident had not been reported to them.

        http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000076755&story_title=Kenya-Waititu-in-scuffle-with-angry-youths

  4. Here’s the IEBC trying to take shortcuts again…not for any other reason but to enrich individuals within then commission. There are glaring ommissions and errors in the statement and I will be surprised if they are allowed to go ahead and order from S&O. The law envisaged such possibilities and this is why there are numerous public procurement methods open to government institutions. It is tragic. The IEBC is turning out to be worse than the ECK!!


    THE INDEPENDEBENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION

    JUSTIFICATION FOR DIRECT PROCURMENT OF BALLOT PAPERS

    Background
    Kenya is getting ready to hold its fifth successive elections since the reintroduction of multi-party politics in 1991. The coming elections will be held under a different political, social economic and legal context. The elections will be held against the backdrop of the 2007 post-electoral violence and a new constitutional dispensation.
    The Constitution has radically changed the electoral process landscape which is a key departure from the previous elections. Articles 101(1),136(1) and180(1)of the Constitution stipulates that the expanded Elections be held in one day with citizens voting in six different elections; elections for President, County, Governor Senator, Member of the National assembly, County Woman Member of the National Assembly, and the County Assembly Member. In addition, the new Constitution has a provision for a presidential rerun if none of the candidates gets 51% of all votes cast and at least a majority in more than half of all the counties.

    Further, underArticle 86 of the Constitution the Commission is mandated to ensure that the voting method used is simple, accurate, verifiable, secure, accountable and transparent. It also prescribes the manner in which the votes are cast, counted, tallied and announced by the election officials and ensure that appropriate structures and mechanisms for eliminating electoral malpractices are put in place.
    It follows therefore that the planning, management and execution challenges of procurement of the next General Election must aim to achieve efficiency, transparency and accountable.
    Procurement
    Section 26 of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act requires all public entities to establish procurement procedures. In addition section 26(4) requires public bodies to establish Tender Committees to undertake the decision touching on procurement. Further, section 27, requires that the Accounting Officer of public entities as such IEBC be responsible for ensuring that the proper procedures are followed.
    Public procurement falls under three categories under the Act these are:
    1. Open tendering,
    2. Restricted tendering, and;
    3. Direct procurement/single sourcing
    Open Tendering.
    This is where tendering is open to any bidder. Part V of the Act provides the regulations to be adhered to when using the open tender process. These include regulations in respect of tender documents, advertisement, time for preparation of tenders, provision of tender documents and the provision of security where the procuring entity deems necessary, tender valuation period, evaluation of tenders and international tendering/bidding.
    Advantage
    It is open tender allows all bidders to bid and so is seen as the most competitive.
    a) Bids are publically scrutinized.
    b) This eliminates the possibility of price change upon opening of tender
    Disadvantage
    a) It allows bids from unqualified bidders;
    b) Takes unnecessary time to evaluate and provide justification for non-compliance;
    c) May Presents opportunities for bidder objections thus delaying the award of a contract

    RESTRICTED TENDERING

    A procuring entity may engage in procurement by means of restricted tendering where the conditions under Section 73 of the Act are satisfied. Under Regulation 53, a procuring entity may use restricted tendering only if the conditions provided under Section 29 (3) and 73 (2) of the Act are satisfied. Section 73 stipulates that:
    “(2) A procuring entity may use restricted tendering if the following conditions are satisfied –
    (a) competition for contract, because of the complex or specialized nature of the goods, works or services is limited to prequalified contractors:
    (b) the time and cost required to examine and evaluate a large number of tenders would be disproportionate to the value of the goods, works or services to be procured; and
    (c) there is only a few known suppliers of the goods, works or services as may be prescribed in the regulations.”

    Advantages
    a) Restricted tendering “offers a kind of transparency that helps mitigate favoritism and corruption”.
    b) The process reduces any kinds of delays that might be caused by unnecessary appeals to the Tribunal
    c) It will also ensure a faster delivery of ballot papers to the Commission since the entity that wins the tender shall have adequate time to prepare for the materials.

    The major disadvantage is; there must be sufficient time available to perform short-listing, prequalification and tendering.
    Given that the supply of ballot papers must meet all security standards, the Commission may consider taking up direct procurement. This is particularly important for goods such as this that could affect election integrity. For example, that they are reliable. the ballot papers procured should cover security features as well as IEBC’s technical specifications to ensure The standards set out in previous elections must be maintained and should be a key factor in the decision to award a contract.
    Justification for Direct procurement

    A. Time Constraint
    The choice of provider could not start earlier than September, 2012 because boundaries delimitation is not completed. Therefore exact number of polling stations is not known. On the other hand, open tendering is completely slow especially in terms of time taken to carry out evaluation of the bids. For instance, because of the tones of paper involved it would require a supplier to make a huge order of paper that normally takes 3 – 4 weeks. This is because no paper supplier has this amount of paper in stock ready.

    If we calculate then it would translate this way:
    a) Tender for ballot papers advertisement– 30 days.
    b) Evaluation (which will depend on the number of bidders) – 20 days.
    c) Letter of notification of award (this is provided pending any appeal) -14 days
    d) Contract signing – 3 days
    e) LPO – 1 week
    f) Supplier to get raw materials (specialized security paper tailor made with IEBC water mark) – 30 to 50 days on the minimum.
    g) Preparation and plate setting for printing security – 20 days
    h) Commence printing once candidate data is provided – (45 days before elections).
    i) It will take at least 9 or 10 chartered 747 Boeing planes for delivery.
    j) IEBC delivery timelines – at least 14 days before election.

    This scenario is taken with the assumption that no supplier will appeal the technical and tender evaluation recommendations.

    In view of this and against the limited time left, it would be a miracle for IEBC to finalize the tender in time for the contracted supplier to make preparations and delivery on time. It is also important to emphasize that ballot papers are the key elements to an election. Delaying their delivery is delaying Elections. A case in point is that of Nigerian Elections. Elections got delayed twice, because of supplier delay in delivering ballot papers on time. If the IEBC goes on open tender then the possibility of what happened in Nigeria is possible in Kenya.

    B. Reliability
    The constitutionS138 (9) provides for a re run to be conducted within 30 days after the General Elections. Within this period there is likelihood of a petition to be dispersed before the date for a re run is set. This uncertainty means the vendor must command the highest level of reliability and trust as well as have a proven track record.

    There are many vendors who can meet this criterion in the market. Of these only Smith and Ouzman(S&O) has had a continuous service delivery with former ECK, IIEC and IEBC. Indeed when in 2010 IIEC had awarded a contract based on tender laws to a company (not Smith and Ouzman) it turned out that this firm could not deliver and IIEC had to contact S&O to fill the void at a short notice. Though there are many firms in the market with the ability to meet the above stated demand. It is noteworthy that only S&O has the proven experience of quality and dependency in Kenya’s Elections.

    C. Security Features
    The 2013 elections came as a sequence to the 2007 Elections. Many Commissions including Justice Kriegler have predicted a high chance of recurrence of violence but on a vast scale than2007. One of the most complex activities which must be done well is ballot paper design, printing and delivery, of ballot papers; misprints, mislabeling, erraticpackaging with ballots from one region to elsewhere can be very expensive etc.

    The consequences are not limited to in efficiency which can be corrected. There is a direct obvious and present security threat, which can be ameliorated by the choice of a familiar vendor with an obvious track record.

    THE GHOSTS OF BVR
    The unfortunate circumstances surrounding the tendering for the BVR is still fresh. There is no suggestion that this would be repeated. Indeed all valuable lessons learnt will be applied to eviscerate the very notion of recurrence.
    However, tight timelines and security considerations means nothing should be left to chance including the mere possibility of delays called by vendor propensity to resort to PPOA adjudication.

    CONCLUSION
    The Commission and supplier typically spend a good deal of time discussing the project before the work begins. During such negotiations, the commission can elicit the supplier’s views about where the designs and specifications can be improved. Potential problems and pitfalls with the proposed work can also be discussed.

    Ballot papers being a special and sensitive item can be related to other specialized goods that the Government of Kenya procures with care and professionalism. For instance:

    1. Tender for armory by Kenya police – In this case, the Kenya Police use direct tendering for supply of guns and ammunition used to fight crime. What if they used open tender and advertised to everyone the specification of the guns they intend to acquire, what would be its effect in effectively fighting crime?
    2. Tender for armory by Kenya Defense – For this government entity direct tendering is used for supply of Guns, bombs and other artillery used to fight enemy invasion. The commission should take into consideration what would be the effect, if they did an open tender for these special materials?
    Direct tendering would give the prospective supplier ample time to plan for printing, acquire raw material needed in time to start printing and supply the ballot papers at least 21 days before the elections.

    This is a typical scenario:

    a. September (10 days)– deliberation of tender Committee on direct procurement.
    b. September (within 5 days) – approval by PPOA on the method considered by the tender committee.
    c. October (within 1 week) – Contract negotiation with the prospective supplier.
    d. October (within 1 week) – signing of contract and issuance of LPO.
    e. End of October– nominations by political parties ends. IEBC spends 7 days to review and process the names, photos, names of voting areas etc. At a later date IEBC transmits data above to the printer.
    f. End of December – supplier has raw materials (specialized security paper) at his disposal for preparation of the contract.
    g. January – supplier liaises with the procuring entity on security features, logistics and data preparation (including presentation of data) for immediate supply to Kenya which will require several charter aircrafts.
    h. January – Printing commences with a scheduled plan and IEBC member proofreading each and every category correctly matching the photos to the names and to the relevant election type.(this will definitely require a lot of investment in time) – proposed times for printing is 35 days maximum.
    i. February – Delivery commences at least 21 days before the elections to the maximum otherwise some will definitely come early especially the ballot papers for far flung areas.

    The above exercise will be a big task in itself, with over 2000 different types of ballot paper sorts to check and approve. In addition the potential total volume of the ballot papers for all 6 elections is in excess of 700 tones- where the final weight would entirely be dependent on the size of each ballot paper or the No. of candidates for a particular position

    EXPERIENCE
    S&O has extensive experience in elections printing solutions. They have printed ballot papers for Kenya continuously since 1997. Prior to this, O&S worked with election management bodies in Uganda, Namibia and Zambia. Since the 1980’s (see attached annex).
    Decision required
    It is possible for the ballot papers to be in excess of 700 tones depending on number of aspirants for the different elective positions. It would therefore work on the Commissions/plenary’s favor to note, resolve and endorse Direct procurement as a preferred method of purchasing ballot papers for the 2013 Elections from Smith & Ouzman.

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      http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-108148/iebc-must-fix-results-transmission-system-fast

      IEBC Must Fix The Results Transmission System Fast

      The Star

      Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 00:00 — BY SARAH ELDERKIN

      Last Sunday night, Citizen TV’s ‘Kibaki Succession’ segment on its 9pm ‘Sunday Live’ programme featured not the usual discussion by David Makali and Peter Opondo of the week’s events, but instead host Julie Gichuru interviewing the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Issack Hassan.

      Ms Gichuru talked a lot but failed to ask the fundamentally most important question, “Is all your equipment and are all your electronic systems up and running, fully operational, fully prepared and fully protected?”

      Hassan was lucky she did not ask this – because it happened that an IEBC demonstration of the equipment and system a couple of days earlier had gone horribly wrong.

      Last week, the IEBC called IT-savvy representatives of political parties to a meeting on Friday at the Sunshine Holiday Inn in Westlands, Nairobi, where the use and efficacy of the equipment to be employed for the election counting and reporting was to be demonstrated. A representative of the US National Democratic Institute (NDI) was also present.

      Party participants had a whole range of questions on which they wanted reassurance from the IEBC, especially concerning potential failures carried forward from the past.

      To demonstrate how the new system would obviate all this, some of the participants at the meeting were divided into five groups of three, each group a mock ‘polling station’. They were given mobile phones such as those to be used on March 4. The phones are loaded with the software and menus for completing the tasks at hand.

      The remainder of the group sat watching the screen, waiting for the ‘results’ to come in.

      That’s when the problems started. The five ‘polling stations’ were initially all unable even to log in.

      After a few of the five did eventually manage it, the next problem arose. They were logged in but there was no connectivity with the ‘tallying centre’. The ‘polling station’ callers could not be authenticated.

      Finally, after struggling for ONE HOUR, only ONE of these five ‘polling stations’ managed to transmit its results.

      Now, much as we want to trust that the IEBC is going to do a good job, we have to ask – if four out of five ‘polling stations’ have problems in a demonstration meant to show the efficient use of this technology, what on earth is going to happen when 33,000 polling stations all try to log in and transmit results at the same time?

      We hope the IEBC is trying to fix these problems but, on the basis of the evidence so far, and considering the sheer volume of the data to be transmitted, it certainly appears that there could be a massive system failure.


      This is an issue that needs to be taken very seriously indeed – particularly in view of the persistent rumours of intended rigging.

      There are a number of crucial security issues that need to be addressed.

      1.Who has access to the database and what are the dangers of its being compromised?

      2. What systems are in place for data encryption to prevent hacking and corruption of data during transmission?

      3. Who is dealing with maintenance of the equipment, and could this involve additional, possibly unauthorised, log-in capability and access?

      4. What would happen in the case of server failure – what storage technology, such as RAID (Redundant Array Independent Disk), is being employed to ensure storage of data in different places, and who has access to this?

      5. Is there even a simple back-up system, in case of data loss?

      6. Hackers can rearrange or delete data from a database, and insert factors that affect the outcome of results. What is being done to prevent computer programmers and IT experts from doing this?

      A participant was told not to present these questions at the meeting, but we need answers to all these questions from the IEBC.

      When the American Express headquarters was destroyed during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001, Amex data was safe. The organisation had engaged in good practice. Despite the catastrophic event, it suffered no loss of data. Its worldwide database was safely stored in other locations.

      What can the IEBC tell us about its own measures for the security and functionality of its systems? What can it actually demonstrate to us about its readiness to conduct these elections?


      On Friday, those present at the meeting were asked to raise their hands if they were confident of the IEBC’s preparedness. No hand was raised.

      • job,

        apparently it’s not only the results transmission system that IEBC has to sort out with only a week remaining to the election. the mock election didn’t go well either according to this report:

        http://elections.nation.co.ke/news/Ignorance-mars-mock-election-/-/1631868/1703254/-/mc2vqmz/-/index.html

        consider the case of a polling station with about 2500 registered voters. if roughly 2000 turn up with each taking 5 minutes or more to cast their ballot, then (in my estimation) IEBC would need to provide at least 15 booths in order to serve everyone – assuming voting runs from 6am to 6pm.

        one voter said the clerks were slow and just as confused as everyone else. haven’t they had adequate training? how will they handle the pressure on election day?

      • Akinyi,

        There we go! I have just fuackin’ given up!! IEBC is just but another conduit to pre-rig the elections! Full stop!!!

      • Can we please go back 2 weeks earlier and re-read Sarah Elderkin’s forewarning above!

        I’ll re-post the link below:

        IEBC Must Fix The Results Transmission System Fast

        http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-108148/iebc-must-fix-results-transmission-system-fast

        Now, much as we want to trust that the IEBC is going to do a good job, we have to ask – if four out of five ‘polling stations’ have problems in a demonstration meant to show the efficient use of this technology, what on earth is going to happen when 33,000 polling stations all try to log in and transmit results at the same time?

        We hope the IEBC is trying to fix these problems but, on the basis of the evidence so far, and considering the sheer volume of the data to be transmitted, it certainly appears that there could be a massive system failure.

        This is an issue that needs to be taken very seriously indeed – particularly in view of the persistent rumours of intended rigging.

        There are a number of crucial security issues that need to be addressed.

        1.Who has access to the database and what are the dangers of its being compromised?

        2. What systems are in place for data encryption to prevent hacking and corruption of data during transmission?

        3. Who is dealing with maintenance of the equipment, and could this involve additional, possibly unauthorised, log-in capability and access?

        4. What would happen in the case of server failure – what storage technology, such as RAID (Redundant Array Independent Disk), is being employed to ensure storage of data in different places, and who has access to this?

        5. Is there even a simple back-up system, in case of data loss?

        6. Hackers can rearrange or delete data from a database, and insert factors that affect the outcome of results. What is being done to prevent computer programmers and IT experts from doing this?

        A participant was told not to present these questions at the meeting, but we need answers to all these questions from the IEBC.

      • job,

        I read Sarah’s piece which has come back to haunt us. First let’s assume that these are purely matters of gross incompetence and not being compromised by vote riggers as far as the IEBC is concerned.

        But if Hassan and his team are this incompetent they may very well be fodder for the rigging machine. Those folks can hack ICC records and obtain names and hack into e-mail accounts. What is to stop them from infiltrating the IEBC database and the whole system and messing things up for their masters.

        According to Sarah’s piece in the tests Hassan and his crew took to prove how great their systems were four out of five failed miserably and completely. That is an 20% success and even that had hitches. In any other employment you get paid that kind of money and come up with a 20% success rate at the last minute, you will be fired on the spot.

        Reminds me of a builder in Chicago who was asked by a client how safe the windows on the 15th floor were. The dude then decided to lean heavily on the window to show how safe and intact they were. To everybody’s horror, the window gave in and the poor man went flipping 15 floors to his death.

        And then after they failed they (IEBC) kept on with their tiresome press conferences assuring Kenyans they had fixed the problems and come the D-Day they were misfiring from all cylinders. The IEBC then claimed their clerks forgot their passwords. Can you believe that nonsense. Now the whole system has collapsed and cannot even relay data feed through their so called safe phone systems.

        What happens if some data is lost and cannot be retrieved because their are no back ups. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened. The level of incompetence and the consequences here are criminal. And the money and national investment here is beyond imagination. If data is lost the whole election is at risk.

        Now Hassan with his band of clowns call yet another Press Conference to tell Kenyans they will now provide the real data starting tomorrow. Why were they wasting time with these provisional stuff in the first place. And they say their RO’s will be Nairobi tomorrow. Aren’t some of those RO’s stationed in Nairobi. Do they need to ride ngamias to get to Bomas. Johny , Jimnah Mbaru’s running mate has a ngamia he rides very fast in town, can the IEBC borrow that to ferry the returning officers to Bomas if the choppers have also kuamad like the BVR toys. Good Lord.

        I think Kenyans were very ready and willing to cut the IEBC some slack even if things were messed up here and there. People are desperate for a peaceful and credible election. It is more important than who wins. So now we have lost all hope of a credible election. What else are we going to lose with these people!

      • Adongo,

        You are right…it’s about credibility of the whole process…

        Besides IEBC, we are also watching in utter disbelief, the complicity by mainstream MEDIA in playing along with all this mess.

        Media has simply refused to exercise its inquisitiveness…not even questioning why the so called system, only failed in reporting results from CORD strong-holds.

        Right in front of our eyes, the entire world watched the screen stall just right when Jubilee strongholds started drying…before CORD strongholds streamed into the system. After an initial steady upward trend for Uhuru right above the 55 percent mark…they system mysteriously crashed…

        Let’s not forget the 55% itself is yet another fairytale. This deceptive percentage deliberately excludes rejected votes (55%)…and the clever machine knows just when to crash…right when Newton’s law of motion was about to take the downward trend….Is someone trying to convince Kenyans all these were mere coincidences? Puuuliz!!!! Isaak Hassan…not at a cost of tens of billions!!!!!

        People must be held to serious account. As a matter of fact, the nation of Kenya must understand that to end the vicious cycle where our economy grinds to a complete halt every 5 years (during elections), people who notoriously bungle elections must start facing the music. Heads must roll. People must be jailed this time round, and taxpayer funds must be recouped through hefty penalties. The laws already exist…its just that incumbent governments benefiting from them never want to dare enforce or prosecute the very things they are involved in. Besides, many corrupt electoral officials think they can casually take things like being bribed to rig an election as mere economic (business risks)…this impunity slaying must start right now–with our first post-katiba election.

        Meanwhile, our eyes are trained right on the ball…CORD’s field officials across the country have already confirmed they beat Jubilee handily…the question is why are CORD’s votes not being reported? Media has all this information but is being gagged to stop reporting it, until IEBC does its ‘jujitsu’. Reports were long relayed from constituency tally centers to these major media houses…they know the truth…but somehow choose to play by IEBC’s game of trying to pyschologically wear-down the citizenry. Not this time. It is the same script used during ECK’s bungled 2007 election…and folks must not allow these games anymore.

        Now, the costly technology has altogether been abandoned because it wasn’t probably cooperating ‘right’…and we are back to the manual counting cat and mouse games; with disappearing returning officers who somehow can’t find cellphone ‘networks’ or opt to conveniently switch off their phones.

        Then the fake screen. Why has media decided to continue fooling Kenyans with a fake results screen that Isaak Hassan himself has long abandoned…which continues pretending to be computing reliable results…when all Kenyans know that fairy-tale is as stale as yesterday. In whose interest is media’s insistence on airing an abandoned screen that keeps displaying an Uhuru ‘lead’ registered more than half a day ago?

        What about the media pass on the server hosts? Why has Safaricom (the major server host) not been put to task by any journalists? Don’t these people know where and how to find Bob Collymore? Must masses start demanding answers directly from Safaricom –through economic boycotts? Is Safaricom part of this fraudulent attempt to rig the first post-katiba national vote?

        It is sad that even accredited local media are beaten to asking the obvious questions by foreign correspondents? Isaak Hassan must be asked questions….starting with the most basic one –how many people voted? How are returning officers going to physically transmit/hand-over results (with a failed electronic system) within the realm of the Constitution and electoral laws?

      • Still nothing hhappening on the home front. EACC and the police are all spectators like the rest of us. And this exposé is on ballot papers alone. Each commissioner reportedly was given a major procurement deal to earn commissions from.

  5. Public trust in IEBC plummets over BVR saga

    Kenyans’ faith in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) ability to conduct free and fair elections has dropped from 83 percent in March this year to 76 percent by last month, according to the latest opinion poll survey.

    Infotrak managing director Angela Ambitho attributed the dip to the controversial acquisition of electronic voter registration kits.

    In October 2011, 74 percent of Kenyans believed the then just formed body was equal to the task, a confidence that grew to 83 percent in March this year. Seven months later, public trust has whittled to 77 percent.

    The survey was conducted between October 29 and November 1, 2012.

    “That drop can be attributed to the recent controversies that have faced IEBC and continued speculations that the electoral body might not be ready to conduct the polls come March, ” said Ms Ambitho while releasing results of the latest poll.

    She however noted that IEBC’s decision to counter the speculations by stating that they are ready to conduct the polls on March 4, 2013 contributed greatly to restoring the confidence……………………………………………………………………………………

    Coast region, where the secessionist MRC group has vowed to disrupt the election exercise, recorded the lowest level of confidence in the IEBC at 55 percent, while central had the highest confidence level at 88 percent………………………………………………………………………………………

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Public-trust-in-IEBC-plummets-over-BVR-saga/-/1064/1617342/-/leuqisz/-/index.html

  6. IEBC has today announced postponement of start of Biometric Voter Registration that was set to start Monday 12 Nov 2012.

    IEBC now say new voter registration dates will be announced after training of clerks from Nov 11-16

  7. so the BVR kits cost has risen from 3.9bn to 5bn and now stands at 9bn all in a space of 4 months and nothing has moved or changed

    http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Treasury+under+the+spotlight+as+cost+of+poll+kits+rises/-/539546/1605506/-/sw8klrz/-/index.html

    at that cost, isn’t it cheaper to pay 100,000 blindfold agents to stand at the polling booths and then run with ballot boxes to counting centers 🙂 anyway my point is that technology in kenya is overrated. manual processes can be more efficient if only we can guarantee integrity

    scams left right and center

  8. Job / Adongo / tnk / einstein

    Kindly guide me, is an extension of the electoral calendar feasible in relation to coalition status?

    Will Kenyans vote in March or later in August 2013?

    • According to me, the electoral date has been decided on by a Kenyan court which ruled that the elections must be held latest by the 4th of March 2013! For it to be held later than that, the government must have a very plausible reason and must actually go back to court to have the new date legitimised by the court! But, who is Einstein in the banana republic of Kenya?

    • Phil et al.,

      I don’t think the coalition holds any serious legitimacy to sway another push in the election date. That would be toxic language to even contemplate with Kenyans; especially those who expected an election back in August 2012. This current Parliament has particularly left a sour taste in the mouths of Kenyans after their belated attempt to award themselves hefty perks at taxpayer expense.

      These games will end nowhere. IEBC and lately, the Justice Minister (Eugene Wamalwa) have began distancing themselves from blame. They’ve both made it clear to Kenyans that it’s actually Treasury that’s responsible for sabotaging plans for elections as per the transition calendar. That’s a double whammy right there.

      Elections will be determined by the Constitution – those dreaming they can play games and extend it by force are probably under-estimating how tired Kenyans are with the current political arrangement.

      Let us remember that the Constitution is ultimately what guides when we shall hold our elections. It is precisely because the Constitution ties the election date to when the National Assembly first met after the last general election (15 January 2008) that we are stuck with the March 2013 deadline.

      Section 9 (1) of the Sixth Schedule says that the first general elections under the new constitution shall be held within “sixty days after the dissolution of the National Assembly at the end of its term”. This means the elections MUST be held before 15 March 2013.

      The courts and IEBC have settled for a few days earlier than that deadline.
      Unless an amendment to the Constitution is done, elections must be held before 15th March 2013.

      I know the Kibaki administration wouldn’t blink an eye trying to create a constitutional crisis…thereby forcing an amendment to the Constitution to extend the date. Take this to the bank, Kenyans will fight and resist such shenanigans at all costs. An escalation of widespread, concerted, demos will attract enough attention to have these crooks bulk.

      I am viewing this issue alongside the Mombasa MRC issue. I doubt any citizen in the Coast believes that boycotting elections is a viable option of advancing their so called succession goals. These are essentially machinations of the NSIS (in my solid view). They want to suppress voter registration and participation at the Coast via (a) misleading calls to youth in the Coast to boycott elections (guised as a ‘revolutionary’ call by MRC); (b) violence (which puts off most women and elderly voters), and (c) creating general confusion about election dates and timetables. I have addressed this with a couple of leaders directly.

      These folks are trying to stretch the patience of Kenyans. It will backfire directly. Kibaki should be lucky he has extended his illegitimate term beyond the anticipated term. ICC or not, he must go home without further delay!!!!!!!!!! The wembe that said yote yawezekana bila Moi is the same same wembe to send him to Othaya….Bure kabisa!!!

  9. PM Raila Odinga, IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan, Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa,Treasury PS Joseph Kinyua addressed the media on BVR kits earlier today, which paints a GRIM PICTURE!

    First, it’s clear Chair Isaak Hassan is genuinely worried about the delays and so are is fellow commissioners. Hassans remarks suggests a deliberate move to create an electoral crisis in Kenya. According to Hassan, the IEBC “cautiously optimistic” that if voter registration doesn’t kick off within the month of November 2012 there will be serious repercussions in this country. Not very inspiring words from the IEBC Chair. Issak also revealed that IEBC have 30,000 clerks trained in IT and that the Commission is ready for voter registration immediately the kits arrive. Note that IT training though related is certainly NOT the same as BVR training. Training was an crucial aspect of the previous tender and those bidders who did not offer viable technology transfer solutions were outrightly diqualified. For now, the existing crisis is that even if kits are delivered today, there is simply no time to recruit and train the clerks who will use them.

    Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa is finally coming to the realisation that he is being led to the political slaughter house. And the power brokers areusing the single most important IEBC tender to hand himself. Although this tender technically falls under the Justice ministry, it is being controlled remotely at the Treasury by the Office of the President, and the Justice Ministry is a mere spectator. Eugene was courageous enough to cry foul this week, but he still remains to name names although he is himself being blamed by Treasury for transacting government business throught the press. We must ask ourselves as voters and as Kenyans, who are these people in Eugene’s radar?

    PM Odinga who convened the meeting as a way of re-assuring increasingly apprehensive Kenyans and donors, was adamant that the elections date will not be changed from March 4th and whatever happens, government will do all it can to ensure kits are delivered ASAP. Both Eugene and Hassan were fearful to answer some of the questions posed by journalists gathered and it forced the PM to step in at times and answer for them.

    Tellingly, Finance Minister Njeru Githae, signatory to both the technical and financial contracts for the BVR kits, briefly addresed the tripartite press briefing instead opting to leave a powerless Financial Secretary who could do more than assure members that the kits would be airlifted starting next week and that all financials have been completed! Also note, despite all the heat being generated in talk shows, media and even internationally by the likes of Koffi Annan who he refused to meet, President Kibaki is also tellingly aloof as Kenyans watch a major electoral crisis unfolding. According to Hassan, failure to have these kits will force a revert to the manual register or a postponement of the general elections. Clearly, no one is ready for any of those two alternatives.

    As we’ve always suspected, powerful forces within the OP are now being whispered as hell bent on sabotaging these elections through the BVR tender as a way of buying time and possibly extending the election date to August 2013. It is being suggested that the current succession matrix as it stands and as has been predicted is not favourable to their long term interests. Neither are the public warnings being issued donors.

    Musalia Mudavadi previously touted as a compromise candidate has disappointed the powers that be. Despite all the tacit and direct support of the incubent, Musalia has been unable to consolidate the so-called Western power base. But perhaps most worrisome is that the ICC II are have ignored attempts to make them look Musalia’s way and have shown open contempt at a possible alliance. (Musalia was not even offered any of the TOP 4 positions in a proposed line up of the G-7 alliance! He was relegated to the position of Nairobi Governor, or worse Kakamega Governor with Uhuru, Ruto, Eugene, kalonzo taking the first four positions in the National government). Moreover, Musalia’s poll numbers are now on a downward trend and last week, it took OP mandarins a great effort to convince Francis Atwoli to take the Luhya big three for unity talks to a secluded Maasai Mara to endorse Musalia. That mission aborted as soon as they landed at Wilson Airport. Eugene Wamalwa is not seeing anywhere beyond Uhuru running mate, perhaps even a [i]Eugene Tosha![/i] if legal problems prevent Uhuruto running themselves.

    Any-one-but-raila mantra is seemingly faltering as any other possible candidate paraded before Kenyans simply do not have the capacity nor the confidence to hand Raila a defeat. The time of reckoning is nigh! It is a nightmare for some!

    • phil

      thanks very much for the update and insight

      there are two or three issues here that need in-depth understanding that am not clear about
      a) financial gain: the state house operatives – as far back as i remember their main interest or concern in the BVR at the time was monetary gain and all they wanted was a piece of the cake/action – it would appear that this position has now changed and interests has changed to something else more sinister i.e (b) below
      b) sabotage: date of elections – it would appear now that the initial operatives in (a) above are now joined with or have morphed into a more sinister organization with the sole purpose of sabotaging the election date and thus move it to a time more favorable to their devious campaigns. if this is the case, then they must be idiots. first off, there is no guarantee that a delay in polls will swing votes their way at all, in fact the converse is more likely to happen. however these are folks with little regard to law, lives etc and will fumble through everything generating crisis where none exists. kibaki style
      c) tampering: the greatest fear not yet addressed is the fact that these guys want to control the gadgets possibly for re-engineering and thus devise methods to tamper with the BVR kits and voting / tally process. all these “statistics” being bandied around are meant to plant the seed that they will ultimately use to tamper with the vote tallies, just like in 2007. i.e these guys are trying to plant a “theoretical statistical voting trend” in the minds of the population, then by carefully tweaking “anticipated outcomes” will tamper with the tallies and come up with results favorable to themselves.

      the only way to get “free and fair” elections is for political parties to have a strong presence at all polling and tally centres and devise credible audit trails such as counting the actual number of people that cast votes at each center. it cant be that hard to do.

      keep us posted – thanks

    • having had a chance to review this 4 minute clip below

      phil:

      eugene wamalwa is not whining about the delay in elections i.e impact on kenyans, but is in fact worried that his master (UK), and by extension WSR and therefore the fortunes of G3 (UK, Eugene and Ruto) will be adversely impacted by any delay in election. I believe adongo, yourself and job had pointed out earlier on Jukwaa that these guys, just like with the dont be vague go hague mantra so well executed by their mandarins in parliament, made the same mistake with voting to have elections in march 2013 but now realise that an election in 2012 would have been more productive for their agenda

      for now the question i have is for victims and survivors of PEV, and their relatives and friends and any other injustice in kenya, when you see the Minister of Justice always together with the chief suspects, scheming on how to influence the elections. how realistically does this make you feel about your access to true justice?

      IMHO eugene wamalwa is a fraud. and his position on anything is dependent on how it impacts the fortune of his benefactor – UK. this position is well mirrored by the AG – githu

      if am wrong then accept my apologies, but am sure am not wrong

      • It is absolutely clear now that the Ministry of Finance is working for the presidential election of its former boss, Uhuru Kenyatta, through a skewed voter registration process.

        Treasury is using its powers over the purse, by deliberately DELAYING making payments to the BVR supplier – with the intention of REDUCING the time for REGISTRATION before elections.

        The shorter the period for registration, the more likelihood that remote & infrastructure challenged areas (with high population) like Turkana will record few voter registrations. Coupled with state-instigated insecurity in other areas like the Coast, it is hoped that the election will be decided by a skewed registration process – which heavily invests in fast registration in PNU strongholds.

        This is happening right before our eyes. Treasury is playing politics with the matter of voter registration. Even Eugene Wamalwa has seen it…and now decided to pass the buck where it rightly belongs. The mere candidacy of accused PEV mastermind, Uhuru Kenyatta, has began costing the country dearly. The nation is being held hostage to the whims of Uhuru’s campaign. Kenya’s destiny rests with its voters…who must see deadly charlatans like Uhuru for what they truly are. Is anyone surprised he is facing serious charges of mass murder at the Hague? Who can wash that stark and bloody record?

  10. The Rt Hon is currently meeting IEBC top brass, on the preparations for the March 4th 2013 General Erection, and will there after conduct a media briefinf on the date of these elections, and preparedness thus far.

  11. PRESS RESPONSE

    NATION ARTICLE ON PROCUREMENT OF BVR KITS FOR IEBC

    Our attention has been drawn by an article appearing in today’s Daily Nation newspaper alleging that “the Attorney-General’s Office is blocking cash for voter kit”.

    We wish to clarify that:

    1. – The AG’s Office is neither a procuring nor a financing office for other Government offices. It does not authorize procurement or payment by other Government offices.

    2. – This Office is the Legal Advisor to Government and Government agencies. Therefore, its mandate is to scrutinize contracts and agreements, so as to advise on their legality and constitutionality.

    3. – The contract for the supply of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) machines between the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the Treasury and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) was signed on the 24th of September, 2012.

    4. – The financing agreement was this morning at 8:30 am submitted by the Treasury to this Office for the advice of the Attorney-General. The relevant technical team in this Office is now working to render that advice in the shortest time possible.

    5. – It is deeply regrettable that the IEBC has decided to conduct Government business in the media, yet a simple telephone call is all that it would have taken to clear this matter up.

    The State Law Office’s mission is to provide quality and efficient legal services to the Government and the public, uphold the rule of law and good governance, promote human rights, enhance democracy and otherwise protect the national and public interest. The Attorney-General is committed to this mandate, as expected of him by the Constitution and citizens of Kenya.

    Mulei Muia
    HEAD, PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION
    mulei.muia@kenya.go.ke

    • And a quick rejoinder just in:

      IEBC PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Nairobi, 22 October 2012


      SUBJECT: DISTORTED MEDIA REPORTING ON THE ROLE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL ON BVR FINANCING AGREEMENT

      NAIROBI, 22ND OCTOBER, 2012: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) wishes to clarify that Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan did not make any allegations against the Attorney General regarding the BVR financing agreement, contrary to the article appearing on the front page of today’s Daily Nation.

      The IEBC Chairman appreciates the fact that the role of the AG in the BVR contract is to advise on the legality and constitutionality of the agreements. The agreement for sale and purchase of BVR hardware and software between the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Treasury/IEBC was signed on September 24, 2012 and the Attorney General acted expeditiously on this issue.

      The Financing Facility Agreement between the Treasury and the Financier has been under negotiation and the IEBC Chairman is fully aware that it has been forwarded to the State Law Office this morning (Monday, October 22, 2012). Consequently, there was NO WAY Mr. Hassan could have said or implied that delays in concluding the deal have been caused by the office of the Attorney General.

      IEBC is committed to conducting a free, fair, transparent and credible General Election. The Commission is working harmoniously with the office of the Attorney General and the Treasury to fast track the issue of the facility agreement. We believe in dialogue and this is what defines our relationship and engagement with all our esteemed partners.

      Whilst we understand the urgency to update the public, we appeal to the media to always verify their information before dissemination to the public in order to avoid causing anxiety and unnecessary tension especially during this critical electioneering period.

      TABITHA MUTEMI-MANAGER, COMMUNICATIONS & CORPORATE AFFAIRS (IEBC)

      • well looking at the statements from IEBC and AG’s office

        the fact remains that the sale agreement was signed sep 24, and then somebody somewhere has been sitting on the finance agreement till this morning october 22 when it has miraculously surfaced in the AGs office after being (mis?)reported in the press. One month is a long time. perhaps the IEBC and AG can tell us where the financing facility agreement has been. looks to me like there are some imps still trying to squeeze into this process, already according to that media article there appears to be a variance in cost from the 4.1bn to about 5bn or more

      • One thing you need to know, in so far as power politics is concerned in Kenya, there is no way a deal like this can see light of day without the express authority of the Office of the President.

        And there is no way ay vendor can be paid the kind of monies we are talking about without the express nod of the office of the president.

        It seems to me there was deadlock probably over negotiations to grease the palms of someone who is based at Treasury or the OP, or acting on behalf of very powerful external forces.

        Rumours are that the same forces that sabotaged the procurement of these kits by IEBC have followed the tender up to and until the Treasury. Mark you, the State LAw Office had raised numerous red flags on some clauses on the contract but their concerns were ingnored.

        I wonder who Kenyans will hold to account when dead voters start voting on March 4th. Will will still want to blame the AG? Or the Government? Or the IEBC?

        The way this tender has been handled leaves a lot to be desired. I still holfd the view that better postpone the elections and put in place a system that will ensure we obtain a clean voter’s register in a transparent and lawful manner.

        Unless of course there is deliberate attempts to make the March elections untenable and force and extension to August 2013!?

  12. Kumbe Githu Muigai has been sabotaging the BVR kit procurement from within…what else is new?

    It is now clear who the real enemies to (Kenyan) democracy are. These guys keep playing with fire…recklessly trying to hold the nation at ransom…

    Time has come when they should start paying…

    • Well, so much for the word ‘Independent’ as in The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, but do I say!!!

      Excuse my one liner please, for I ain’t got no words!!

      • By agreeing to be appointed Justice minister, and by extension an Uhuruto stooge, Wamalwa was handed a rope to hang himself politically.

        Now the chicken are coming home to roost. What options does he have?

        Wamalwa has been well rewarded (is rumoured to be investing heavily in real estate in Kitale and Bungoma) and it is too late for him to turn back now. The same things we talked about at the beginning of this year are what he is discovering now.

        Na bado. IEBC as currently constituted and without outright independence, can hardly be trusted to confidently manage the 2013 polls, freely and fairly.

      • Yeah, let them try to rig the elections and kill Kenyans again this time round! The ICC is right in town heheheheheeee!! When it rains, it pours! Did they say that? I’m laughing my head off!! And Obama this time round will be President in time to stop the madness!!

        What losers, heheheee!!!

      • unlike eugene, the ‘foreigners’ (who have largely been quiet as we screamed ‘sovereignty’ to our heart’s content) genuinely look worried. was he ‘coerced’ into making that statement?

        we only have 130 days to the election day and look at the mess we are in! githae blaming githu, githu blaming everyone but himself, isaack blaming githu. I think we are being taken to the cleaners, where is the outrage?

  13. generally speaking, there is a lot of incoherence at the IEBC. on the one hand, they have very successfully managed the mini or by-elections, and have demonstrated some tremendous skills and use of ICT. right from the referendum up to recent constituency elections have been conducted successfully.

    however, as we all know, its the presidential elections that continue to be the area where all electoral bodies in africa have failed and continue to fail. we already saw it ourselves here in 2007. even the courts have no serious trouble overturning and anuling fraudulent results for mps, councillors and what nots even if they are cabinet (except the handful untouchables for that season). however no-one ever goes for the presidency and its based on this that the martha karua’s, gicheru, kimemia, muthaura, mungatana, kimunya and the likes, did everything in their power to rush that certificate to kibaki (fraudulent or not) because once signed and delivered, its irreversible.

    of course blatant rigging still has pitfalls and therefore the ground work must first be done through these idiotic polls, before the “expert riggers” then go to work i.e making votes reflect expected outcomes or percentages rather that the votes dictating percentages.

    in this regard the biometric voting is supposed to be a foolproof method of taking us closer to credible vote tallying of presidential ballots. however we still have the same thugs in power, in administration and still with vested interests (greed is never satisfied) so they will keep grabbing until forcibly removed either through the ballot (prefered) or by force (we already saw the ugliness of this in 2007/8).

    the credibility gaps being generated as pointed out in Job’s post above is an indication that these tricksters will hijack some of these machines, and hack into them to discover ways of manipulating the electronic registers.

    one has to remember that a victory for these guys is either stuffing ballots in favor of their candidates, spoiling votes of rivals, or in worst case scenario completely unusable results especially in rival strongholds.

    i have said before elsewhere that for this first election, its absolute foolishness for the IEBC to use a completely untested system (never mind the pilot runs these did not cover hotly contested presidential elections)

    everyone knows that sensitive ICT projects are implemented in phases and in many cases must run concurrent with manual processes for two reasons – i.e provide backup in case one system fails even if sporadic, and two for independently validating each other.

    the IEBC has allowed itself to be boxed into a corner where they are unable to call the shots and have become passengers in their own process. its tragic

    a patter has also emerged in that they have been provided way more leg-room to operate as can be seen from the ruling on boundaries, among other hurdles

    http://kenyalaw.org/CaseSearch/view_preview1.php?link=98115395987553181553576

    its unfortunate but the IEBC must be reminded that every institution is not remembered for their countless successful initiatives, but by the magnitude and enormity of the repercussions resulting from a single catastrophic system failure. ask kivuitu and PEV architects, ask the guys that built the titanic, ask the eurocopter fellows, etc or more importantly ask the survivors.

  14. Safran Morpho Canada is a lucky vendor. They were single sourced in a government to government deal, and now they are apparently being given time to consolidate, to manufacture and arrange delivery logistics, as if the signed contract did not specify these provisions in the first place.

    Morpho are quietly recruiting staff who are intended to supervise and manage the IEBC registration clerks.

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