Wafula Chebukati, the former chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has defended the credibility of the 2022 general election, saying that the commission ensured that the process was free and fair.
Chebukati, who retired on 17 January 2023 after his six-year term ended, said that the commission learned from the challenges and mistakes of the previous elections in 2013 and 2017, and implemented various reforms and measures to improve the electoral system.
Some of the steps taken by the IEBC included enhancing the biometric voter registration and identification, strengthening the results transmission and verification system, conducting extensive voter education and public outreach, engaging with stakeholders such as political parties, civil society and media, and ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the process23
Chebukati said that the commission was satisfied with the outcome of the election, which saw William Ruto win the presidency with 50.5% of the vote, defeating Raila Odinga who got 48.85%. He said that the election was largely peaceful and transparent, and that the commission received positive feedback from local and international observers45 He also congratulated Kenyans for exercising their democratic right and urged them to respect the will of the people.
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