IEBC on track as confidence level improves – pollster

IEBC on track as confidence level improves - pollster

At least half of Kenyans are confident that the new-look Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will deliver a credible poll on August 8.

According to an IPSOS survey conducted between January 9 and 26, and polling 2,057 respondents spread across 41 of the 47 counties, 50% of the respondents said they were confident that the IEBC will deliver a free, fair and credible election.

The recent survey shows that the confidence level of Kenyans in the electoral body has improved by 16%, up from a 34% approval rating as at July 2016.

However, the survey findings show that 53% of the opposition, National Super Alliance (NASA), supporters are not confident in the new electoral team.

A new electoral commission team was installed late January after vetting by the National Assembly.

The commission is under the leadership of Mr Wafula Wanyonyi Chebukati (Chairman), who is deputised by Ms Consolata Nkatha Bucha.

Other commissioners include Boya Molu, Dr Roselyn K. Akombe, Ambassador Paul Kurgat, Margaret Wanjala Mwachanya and Prof Abdi Guliye.

By region, 75% of those polled from Central Kenya expressed confidence that IEBC will deliver a credible poll, while Rift Valley, Eastern and North Eastern gave the electoral body a confidence approval rating of 62%, 54% and 47% respectively.

54% of those polled from Nyanza, 41% from Western and 42% from Nairobi are not confident that the poll body will deliver a free, fair and transparent poll when Kenya goes to the ballot on Tuesday, August 8.

The poll further indicates that 32% of Kenyans who registered to vote in 2013 failed to vote most of them citing distances from the polling station they had registered in initially.

Other voters, according to the pollster, gave valid reasons for their failure to vote including being ill at 23% and being too busy at 19%.

On the changes instituted to the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 2015, 37% of Kenyans say that the amendments to the law will give the correct election results while another 29% feels that the law will be used to manipulate the election results in favour of one faction.

The changes to the elections Act was passed by the National Assembly late December last year and approved by the Senate early January paving way for the re-introduction of manual voter identification and transmission of election results in cases where the technology-based model fails.

The survey targeted Kenyans aged 18 years and above living in urban and rural areas.

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