It’s emerging that the European Union and other international bodies were deeply involved in how the IEBC conducted the concluded August elections.
The IEBC on Tuesday revealed that the EU and UNDP were involved in voter education, electoral operations, legal reforms, ICT and communication.
Commissioner Abdi Guliye thanked the two bodies for their participation, saying that it is because of them that the exercise was successfully carried out.
“The Commission is alive to the significant role played by stakeholders in the electoral process. I want to appeal to you as our development partners to continue extending your support to the Commission for us to undertake the election process,” he is quoted by The Star.
He made the remarks at a post-election evaluation forum held on Tuesday, where he represented the commission’s Chair Wafula Chebukati.
Guliye said that it is because of the partnership and support that the agency organised the forum, as it seeks to identify areas it needs to improve on in readiness for future elections.
The remarks come amid complains from the opposition, which has bitterly disputed the commission’s announcement of President William Ruto as the winner of the August contest.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has maintained that he was rigged out, accusing some Western powers of being involved in the plot to deny him his win.