KOMBE: IEBC is an independent body-Kenyans not ready for manipulation from either...

KOMBE: IEBC is an independent body-Kenyans not ready for manipulation from either side

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The function of any electoral body in any democratic country is to oversee the overall exercise of an election either during a by- election or a general election and I must admit that Kenyans have high expectations on the way the Kenyan electoral body performs its duties.

Being an independent body, the electoral agency in Kenya is vested with the responsibility of monitoring electoral process and delivering of accurate poll results a few hours after the polls.

The only way that the electoral body can do that is by conducting a free and fair political game to all candidates.

Consider this, three candidates X, Y and Z are contesting for gubernatorial seat in county N and after the exercise candidate X garners 600 votes, candidate Y garners 602 votes while candidate Z scores 610.

It is very fair for the electoral body to declare candidate Z the overall winner and not politician X.

Kenyans are living in a more transparent nation where everyone is keen and keeping a track of any action that affects the entire population.

State organs like the electoral agency greatly determine the cohesiveness of the state and going by my example the agency will be unwise enough by declaring candidate X the winner of the polls.

What I mean is that electoral body should not accept any form of manipulation from both sides, that is the government or the opposition and I must say that Kenyans need a fair game when it comes to politics.

Kenyans are looking forward to seeing a united nation whereby all state organs will practice equality, fairness and uphold integrity throughout the electioneering period.

Some of the functions of the electorate in any country that upholds democracy throughout the world; is that electoral agencies are charged with continuously registering voters and revising of the voter’s roll.

Secondly, the agencies regulate political parties’ process and settlement of electoral disputes arising from the outcome of a poll and finally electoral agencies facilitate observation, monitoring and developing a code of conduct for candidates and parties and monitoring of compliance with legislation on nomination of candidates by parties.

It is therefore wise enough for the country’s electoral body to resist any form of manipulation as the country heads towards the August polls.

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