POLLS: EU Observers Blast Kenya’s Poor Technology

cheap geneva; color: #222222;”>Kenyans are becoming increasingly restless following delayed results of the Presidential election.

Since Monday, IBEC is yet to release even half of the Presidential election results, sparking worldwide concerns on the technology used in the exercise.

According to Krzysztof, “there are certainly lessons that can be learned, such as the need to test technology thoroughly in advance, the unacceptably high number of disenfranchised especially amongst the youth, and the need to manage queues outside polling stations.”

He added: “Of course, long queues do not merely indicate logistical problems; they are a sign of something encouraging – which is the clear interest of Kenyans to take responsibility for their future by participating in the elections.”

The official made the remarks in Nairobi on Wednesday.


He, however, noted that despite some organisational problems, which resulted in delays at polling stations as well as unnecessarily long queues, Kenya’s stakeholders endeavored to run a successful election.

“During Election Day we witnessed the confidence of Kenyans in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the transparency and commitment of the staff at the polling stations as well as the determination and patience of the voters.”

Krzysztof observed that Kenyan people showed “impressive engagement” on 4 March.

“The Election Day was “largely calm and orderly” in spite of tragic deaths, he said, and provides a “good basis for erasing the painful memories of 2007 and opening the way to long-lasting peace and stability.”

According to EU Parliament’s observations, women in Kenya have participated in large numbers as voters and in the organisation of the elections.

“But we would also like to see more women in positions of political leadership at all levels. Therefore we call for the speedy realisation of the principles in the Kenyan Constitution on gender representation in all elective and appointed bodies.”

At 09:26am on Thursday, official results released by Kenya’s electoral body, IEBC, showed that Uhuru Kenyatta was still leading with 2,401,937 votes while Raila Odinga was trailing with 1,748,561.

The results are total votes tallied in 99 of 291 constituencies.

Krzysztof pointed out that the European Parliament’s election observation work does not end today.

“We will pay close attention to the post-electoral situation in the country, and will follow up on the final report of the European Election Observation Mission and its recommendations.”

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