The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is set to get Sh112 million from Italy towards its preparation for the August General Election.
According to Italy’s Ambassador to Kenya Mauro Massoni, his government has pledged the amount to boost the Commission’s capacity to effectively prepare for the elections.
Speaking in Nairobi on Thursday (2/02/17), Ambassador Massoni added that the funds will further be used to boost civic education with a view of encouraging Kenyans participate in the elections.
Under the tripartite agreement, which comes through the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) — Strengthening Electoral Processes in Kenya — project aims to help in IEBC’s legislative frameworks, citizen participation in elections, and electoral dispute resolution.
“The aim of this common effort – Italy joins other donors in this initiative – is also to reach out to the Kenyan citizens and guarantee the inclusion of women, youths and persons with disability, both to vote and to be elected,” said Mr Massoni.
UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya and UNDP Resident Representative to Kenya Siddharth Chatterjee said that a smooth election can only be executed if democratic institutions are managed well.
“A credible election process can only take place if democratic institutions are well managed supported and nurtured. Developing capacities and capabilities as well as strengthening election management bodies, is therefore, crucial,” said Chatterjee.
Wafula Chebukati and a team of six commissioners were sworn in last month to head IEBC.
Chebukati accepted the responsibilities and promised to serve Kenyans faithfully.
“I pledge to serve with integrity and without discrimination. I accept my appointment with humility and gratitude,” he said.
Chebukati indicated IEBC will be objective and work with all stakeholders to ensure free and fair elections come August.
“Fellow Kenyans, your vote counts. Your vote at the ballot can change things. To all of you who sent me good will messages, I say thank you very much. I am here to serve my country,” said Chebukati.
The new chairman said the members of this team have special skills that will enable them handle all matters with integrity.