By Peter Kombe
Civil society Organizations have been challenged to remain vigilant and offer leadership that embraces diversity in order to ensure equality, transparency and more democratic space throughout the country.
George Morara vice chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said the civil Societies should endeavor advocate for free, fair and credible elections so as to win public confidence with the electoral agency.
The KNCHR official also urged CSOs to embrace the spirit of cooperation among other stakeholders with an aim of developing a sound relationship for the good of the nation.
Addressing civil society stakeholders in Mombasa on Monday Morara said Coast civil society organizations have launched a 68 page joint report that captures the findings of the 2017 polls.
“I call upon other civil society Organizations’ in different parts of the country to emulate and enact this report. Its launch will ensure a free a fair and transparent election in future.” He said
CSO's Network Chairman Patrick Ochieng wants the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission IEBC staff to exercise humility during any interactive session claiming there is a public mistrust with the electoral body after the Supreme Court nullified the presidential election citing massive irregularities and illegalities.
The official stated that according to the findings of the report, IEBC experienced vast challenges ranging from massive failure of electronic gadgets in different parts of the Coast region, voter identification problem, missing voters from the KIEMS kits and IEBC officials taking too long to verify voter details.
“IEBC messed Kenyans in many ways as per the findings of this report. In some areas officials took too long to verify voters, while in other places electronic gadgets failed.” He explained
At the same time, Hussein Khalid executive director at HAKI Africa a Mombasa based CSO, claimed that as per the report IEBC did not follow the law during the counting and transmission of the votes.
He highlighted that CSOS have a role of ensuring that the electoral process in the country is carried out in a more transparent and democratic manner.
“CSOs have a role in ensuring that the electoral process is done in a more transparent and democratic manner.” Khalid stated
Over thirty CSO's attended the launch of the joint election report.