The Chairman for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya, Wafula Chebukati has described Kenya’s 2017 as free, transparent and credible.
The IEBC boss said Kenya has a strong case study to share with their counterparts in the continent and beyond.
He said, the 2017 elections has demonstrated Kenya’s IEBC has matured and joined the ranks of other matured electoral bodies.
‘’The country has joined matured electoral bodies that is able to organize credible and fair elections, ‘he added.
The elections he said saw over 19 million Kenyans register as voters and it represented 36% increment from year 2013.
He said, based on the data received by the IEBC, over 15 million voters cast their ballots and that figure represented 79% voter turnout.
He commended Kenyans for taking an active part in the 2017 polls. That he noted represented the support they have given to the new electoral reforms.
The election he stressed was held in accordance with the Constitution of Republic of Kenya.
The International Observer Missions has described the election as free, fair and credible, he said adding, when I [Wafula] took over, I promised to deliver a clean election and that he has accomplished.
The election was organized under strict rules and it marked a major milestone because Kenya for the first time, used a new system to organize the credible exercise.
The commission was also focused despite the challenges it encountered, he said.
He further appreciated the effort of the African Union, European Union and other important bodies for their support.
He expressed gratitude to the other electoral bodies in the continent that supported them including Ghana, South Africa, and Namibia.