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IEBC proposes national and county elections to be conducted separately

- IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati said long voting session resulted to fatigue of clerks
- To safeguard credibility of election, Chebukati wants it divided into national and county elections
- The county elections consist voting for senators, ward representatives and governors while national elections consist of MPs, the president and women reps
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has now proposed reforms in the Constitution to have the county and national elections conducted separately to guard credibility of votes in the country.
The electoral agency wants voting for the president, MPs and women reps done as national elections and those of senators, ward representatives and governors conducted as county elections.
Speaking on Tuesday, February 12, during official launch of the 2017 General Election report, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said separation of elections would help achieve efficiency in management of the voting exercise.
"Our staff get fatigued when the elections start from 6am to 5pm and the same clerks convert the polling station into counting station. They count for the whole night and for days which brings about fatigue. That fatigue is not good for having free and fair elections," said Chebukati.
Chebukati said the proposals are based on experience and lessons learnt from the previous elections.
However, the IEBC boss noted with such changes the voting exercise will be more expensive compared to the cost of previous elections.
"We will have to pay the people we have hired twice and the transport cost will rise. However, the other costs will remain constant but despite how much higher it may be staggering elections overrides the cost," he added.
On his side, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale divulged the voting exercise resulted to fatigue and confusion among the voters who end up electing leaders in wrong positions.
"It is very cumbersome and a big hindrance for the voter assisted people and the elderly, by the time they are done voting for three posts they are already fatigued and they end up getting confused with many of them voting for people they did not intend to elect," said Duale
However, election experts have questioned on how well the country can manage such a costly exercise given the last one costed taxpayers over KSh 50 billion, being among the most expensive in the region.


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