ELECTION REFORMS TO STRENGTHEN THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM TO ENSURE FREE, FAIR, TRANSPARENT, EFFICIENT, ACCURATE AND Â ACCOUNTABLE ELECTIONS.
1. To amend the Constitution to establish effective and clear mechanisms on the conduct of Presidential, Senatorial and Governor elections in Kenya by providing the following;
a) That there shall be a returning officer of the Presidential, Senatorial and
Governor elections in every constituency.
b) That the poll results shall be transmitted from the Presiding officer of the polling stations directly to the returning officers at the constituency.
c) By providing that the pronouncement of the presiding officer is final and
the returning officer may not alter a presiding officersâ€™ announcement unless upon a recount of votes at the constituency tallying centre in the
presence of the respective presiding officer.
d) That the winner of a Presidential, Senatorial or Governor election at the
constituency will be announced by the Constituency returning officer after aggregating the results announced by presiding officers.
e) That constituency returning officer shall announce and publish the election results of the constituency and IEBC shall announce the final results from an aggregate of the results from the various constituency tallying centres.
f) There will be no intermediate tallying of poll results.
(a)To provide a system of Presidential, Senatorial and Governor Elections that complies with the constitutional principles of transparency, efficiency, accuracy, accountability and verifiability of election results.
(b) To overcome the accusations and suspicions of manipulation of poll results at constituency, county and national levels as has happened in the last two General Elections
(c) To ensure faster, accurate and transparent poll results.
(d) To devolve the functions of IEBC in respect of elections.
2. To amend the Constitution to provide that the system of voter registration, voter identification and transmission of election results shall be through electronic mode.
(a)The use of electronic systems remains the only way to guard against
electoral malpractices in the registration and identification of voters and in the transmission of poll results.
(b) Kenya has already purchased all the relevant infrastructure to enable the use of an electronic mode.
3. To amend the Constitution to ensure that the IEBC has only one national voter register which shall be published at least 30 days to the general elections
The maintaining of more than one voter register has been shown to cause confusion, and suspicion which impedes on IEBCâ€™s transparency and accountability.
4. To amend the Constitution to include a provision that the IEBC shall provide any person, at the personâ€™s request, either in electronic or hard copy, or both the data or document used in elections within 24 hours of such a request .
To ensure transparency of elections and the accountability of IEBC.
5. To amend the Constitution to include a provision requiring the IEBC to establish appropriate structures and mechanisms to ensure that all regions have equal opportunity to access voter registration.
To ensure fairness in the electoral process.
6. To amend the Constitution to include a provision that IEBC shall have a duty to the full and complete disclosure to the public on all its processes, decisions and transactions relating to its operations.
To uphold the principles of transparency and accountability of the IEBC.
7. To amend the Constitution to adopt a system of appointment of commissioners in which;
a) The commissioners of IEBC are nominated by parliamentary political parties
b) The commissioners of IEBC elect their own chairman.
(a) The assumption that there are Kenyans who have no political affiliations is not realistic.
(b) That even with disclosed political affiliations, persons can be fair and honest.
(c) A participation of all parliamentary political parties in the management of elections will remove suspicions and build trust in election results.
(d)The chairman of the electoral commission must command the respect and support of all IEBC commissioners and political parties at all times.
8. To amend the Constitution to provide that it is the sole responsibility of IEBC to deliver a free and fair election.
IEBC has previously shifted the responsibility to secure the integrity of the vote to candidates and political parties.
9. To amend the Constitution to provide that the issuance of a National Identity Card upon acquiring the age of majority is part of the entrenched political rights.
To recognize the determinant role that issuance of identity cards has over the exercise of oneâ€™s political right and in particular the right to vote.