How to raise public confidence in the IEBC ahead of 2017 General Election

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Isaac Hassan (center) addresses the media at their offices in Anniversary Towers regarding 2017 General Election preparations, on December 10, 2015. It would be helpful if the IEBC discussed its rationale for adopting certain technologies with key stakeholders, most notably political parties, to secure their support. PHOTO | JAMES EKWAM | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In December 2014, Smith and Ouzman and its directors were found guilty of corruptly agreeing to make payments to Interim Independent Electoral Commission of Kenya (IIEC) as an inducement for showing favour to Smith and Ouzman.
  • Together with the failure of new technology in 2013 and the presidential petitions, this history of corruption has helped to erode public confidence in the IEBC.
  • In a large part, the introduction of new technology thus helped to increase public confidence because it emerged from processes that were widely regarded as progressive.

This week, the ‘Chickengate’ case – which saw a small British printing company, Smith and Ouzman and its directors, charged with corruption in 2014 – was back in court in the UK.

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