August 18, 2022

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Matiang’i, CJ attend polls team meeting

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National Multi-Agency Consultative Forum on Election Preparedness yesterday held a meeting at the Kenya School of Government to discuss the budget and come up with a report on how to ensure next year’s election is credible.

The team has also identified the challenges likely to be faced before, during and after the elections and is working on solutions.

Yesterday’s meeting was chaired by Chief Justice Martha Koome and was attended by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Attorney General Kihara Kariuki, representatives from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Treasury and ICT ministry and other government officials.

Election disputes “The technical team will guide inter-agency contingency planning to support the IEBC in conducting free, fair, and credible general elections,” the CJ said. The team is expected to meet again next Tuesday.

 “We all have something to do for the elections to be free and fair. None of us alone can deliver that mandate,” Koome said. The CJ said they will ensure disputes are resolved objectively, timely and impartially.

 The Judiciary has already established the Judiciary Committee on Elections to serve as the focal point for its preparation to handle election petitions.

The Interior ministry has also said it is prepared to facilitate security and work closely with IEBC to ensure the elections are conducted in a safe environment.

The ministry says some 5,500 officers and 300 cadets will be deployed to maintain law and order during the elections.

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