Election Observers Group (ELOG) Makes Confession About the August Election
(Kenyans) — After the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory, the Elections Observers Group (ELOG) has made a startling confession about the August elections.
Speaking during a press conference on Monday, ELOG Chairperson Regina Opondo revealed that they did not monitor the results transmission by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“On the matter of results transmission that was beyond the scope of what we had monitored but we recommended for the process to be simplified for all the stakeholders involved,” she explained.
She added that some of the challenges they faced included issues of the electoral portal and accessing certain aspects of information from IEBC.
Ms Opondo further stated it was too early for the civil society group to tell whether the elections were truly credible.
“We had launched a long term observation mission which included observing from the pre-election period that included the party primaries to the post election period and so we weren’t able to make an inclusive determination about the election within the short time,” she stated.
Even with the setbacks, Ms Opondo, affirmed that the Observation group stood by their earlier findings that their Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT) estimates were consistent with the IEBC’s official results for the 2017 presidential election.
In a separate press conference, a group of lobbyists and election observers under Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu faulted international observers for their declaration that the August polls were credible.
The group had earlier indicated that the August polls had failed the integrity test, stating that the observers were indicted by the Supreme court ruling because of using the same benchmark of determining election credibility in all other countries.
“The international observers, especially from the African Union, were using the same standards to determine the credibility of Kenyan elections as they used in Tanzania, Uganda even though the countries have different constitutions with differing electoral processes,” read the statement.