How I wish we had a president today! You may say we already have an #Elect President but he is still yet to assume his duty as the president of the republic of Kenya. The huge stumbling block remains -the law suit against legality of his tenor in office.
CORD presidential candidate and the second runners-up in just completed Kenya elections, Hon. Raila Odinga has refused to honor the win of Jubilee’s (now president elect) Uhuru Kenyatta as the overall winner in presidential elections. He has moved to the Supreme Court to challenge the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) final decision.
Tension is high in CORD stronghold regions making it even hard for citizens to go about their daily business. Even though no violence has been reported anywhere in the country, people are living in fear with fresh memories of post election violence that happened in 2007.
With these in mind, people are wishing and praying for quick verdict that could end tension and fear in the country.
Today in morning hour, there were cases of day light robberies in Kenya’s densely populated ghetto areas but the situation was contained by the police.
My wishes to have the sitting president follows the fact that, the matters in Law Court makes it even hard for people to resume on their daily chores.
With unrest in these regions, we are still in danger of going back into chaotic times.
Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn into office in two weeks time
God Bless Kenya.
The much anticipated presidential debate will be held on Monday, 11th Feb, 2013 from 6:30 PM . Six presidential aspirants have confirmed to participate: namely Peter Kenneth, Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta, Martha Karua, Musalia Mudavadi and Ole Kiyiapi. while the two -Paul Muite and Mohammed Abduba Dida remains unlisted.
The debate will be aired live from Brookhouse International School’s auditorium, and all media stations- radio stations, television stations, and online streaming will cover the presidential debate proceedings.
This event is one of a kind, marking the first debate in Kenya or simply the beginning of new era in Kenyan politics.
Calling on all presidential aspirants to participate in today’s debate, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Isaack Hassan has pointed out that all presidential aspirants are equal in the eyes and estimation of the Commission and that they -P. Muite and M. A Dida should be included.
This is the complete statement:
STATEMENT FROM IEBC CHAIRPERSON
10th February 2013
Mr. Francis Munywoki
The Presidential Debates 2013
RE, INVITATION TO THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
The Commission has learnt that there is a likelihood that not all Presidential candidates for the 4th March 2013 elections have been invited to the Presidential debates scheduled for 11th February 2013.
The Commission held nominations for all the Presidential candidates on 29th and 30th January 2013. All had and do meet all the legal requirements to contest the elections as Presidential candidates.
They are co-equal in the eyes and estimation of the Commission.
This is to inform you that the Commission regards such exclusion as inequitable and undesirable in the circumstances.
We are not privy to the organisation of the event but we do advise that careful thought should be given to our observation.
Ahmed Issack Hassan, EBS
Such regulations are necessary for all aspirants to have equal opportunity and also to Kenyans to make a wise decision come March 4th general elections.
Issues that aspirants are looking forward to address includes security, land issues, reform, unemployment among other things affecting Kenyans.
Although this debate will have minor effect on those who have already decided, the 10% undecided voters will benefit much from this.
In a month’s time, the country is going into its first general election under the new constitution. This is going to mark the new dawn for Kenya and her people -peaceful and happiness shall reign just like the day the new constitution was promulgated. The most obvious thing is that changes will be put in place as strong pillars of our democracy.
The best thing is, Kenyans are ready to surprise their leaders. My prediction is that, new people are going to inherit the mantle of power -based on merit not fame! Party elections depicted these to us, unfortunately some were marked with election malpractices rendering a good percentage of the whole exercise void.
Here is the problem: some political veterans are not ready to relinquish power to new comers. Just like how they did in political party primaries, they would try rig themselves into the public office. Believe me Kenyans, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is very aware of this and is ready to give them one more surprise. Unless they take IEBC’s ‘vote nullification warning’ seriously, the pain will be much to bear!
You and I know how they do and why the do it! For some, conceding is just a word that has no meaning in reality, they would do anything to get attain their goal -resulting in violence and financing of unrest. We should not back up such like people, better if election related cases be solved in courts of justice.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has denied claims that it is to blame for delays in delivery of party nomination materials as reported by some media houses.
In a statement, IEBC pointed out its position in today’s ongoing party primaries.
“Our attention is drawn by members of public appearing on media houses blaming the IEBC for the delay in delivering party nomination election materials. We wish to inform members of the public that the ongoing elections are being conducted by political parties and not the IEBC. IEBC is only monitoring to ensure compliance. Elections pose a lot of unforeseen operational challenges and we call upon calmness and patience as the parties sort out their logistics.”
Today’s party nomination exercise has been marked with delays in delivery of party election materials. Violence has also been reported in some area as a result of this.
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Today the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will open up a voter register to allows registered voters to verify their particulars before the most anticipated first general election under the new constitution.
Unlike in previous voter verification exercises, Kenyans have only 14 days to clear with IEBC. This took into effect when the parliament amended a law allowing IEBC to open the voter register for two weeks instead of a month as indicated by Elections Act.
The IEBC CEO James Oswago yesterday confirmed that his team had finished compiling and verifying the register which had 14 million registered voters enrolled by December 19.
- IEBC: 14.3 Million Kenyans Registered To Vote (waflay.wordpress.com)
The compiled report by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) indicates that 14.3 million people have registered as voters, but this figure could go slightly up when Kenyans living in East Africa Community (EAC) countries- Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi will be listed.
This figure is about 3 million shy of the projected number –the targeted registered voters- which was set to reach 18 million before the beginning of the exercise on November 19th and ended on Tuesday.
Some are blaming the IEBC for not adding more time to allow unregistered voters make up their mind. However, it is understandable that many people ignored the call for their personal reasons.
By using electronic system –Biometric Voter Registration process-, IEBC collected finger prints, ID card numbers, and pictures that will be used to identify the registered voter and help prevent fraud that the country witnessed in 2007. To host a free and fair election. The only chance to curb the repeat of post election violence that claimed over 1000 lives and left about 2 million people as internal refugees.
Come March 4th, Kenyans are going to elect a new president to succeed the retiring President Kibaki. Other government official – MPs, senators, provincial governors and local officials are also going to be voted in. This is the first general election under the country’s new constitution.
Now Kenyans living within the four East African states -Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi- have a reason to smile following the move by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to have them register as voters.
The new constitution requires that Kenyan citizens living in diaspora should be given the chance to exercise their rightful duty as eligible voters, but it seems IEBC is not ready to go for a wider margin citing logistical challenges. The commission has declared that voter registration will take place only within the East African Community (EAC) region.
In this short time registration window, IEBC is targeting 50,000 people with Uganda taking the Lion’s share, this is according to data supplied by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
So far, official Government figures indicates that there are 32,939 eligible Kenyan voters living in Uganda, about 5,521 in Tanzania and around 5,000 in both Rwanda and Burundi.
The only requirement for one to get registered is having a valid Kenyan passport. It is believed that the number of Kenyans living in EAC region is much higher than the recorded figures. IEBC is urging Kenyans to register until 25th December 2012.
- Only Diaspora Kenyans in EA will vote – Hassan (capitalfm.co.ke)