IEBC officials need to “make greater effort to assure voters with great transparency arrangements regarding the voting process: from the printing of ballots, transporting them to the polling centers, opening them before party agents, safe environment to cast votes, counting of votes and the whole process of transmitting results,” Catholic Bishops in Kenya say in their June 9 statement.
With transparency, the Bishops say, “public trust will increase and therefore offer more legitimacy to the election outcomes.”
Transparency will also “reduce contestations of election results particularly the presidency,” KCCB members say.
They urge the electoral body to focus on voter education, saying, “Part of the mandate of IEBC is to conduct civic and voter education. Given the time constraint we believe it is urgent that IEBC embarks on an effective voter education.”
“It is very important that communication from IEBC be clear and keeping the voter fully informed of what is required of him,” Catholic Bishops in Kenya says.
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“IEBC can count on partnerships with faith bodies in this process of civic education,” KCCB members say, and assure the electoral commission of their support in working toward delivering a free, fair and credible election.
“In conclusion, we acknowledge the good effort IEBC made in assessing the presidential candidates as per the law governing the admission of candidates to vie for various posts. This gives the Kenyan voter a chance to focus on making an informed decision on the more deserving presidential candidates,” KCCB members say in their maiden initiative dubbed “Bishops’ Sunday message”.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.