IEBC hires CHOPPERS to help transfer election materials and RESULTS

Thursday, the 14th of February 2013 - Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has confirmed that it has hired several police choppers to help transfers election materials and results from remote areas on March 4th.

This is the latest attempt by the IEBC to avoid the kind of delays in the announcement of results that eventually became the undoing of the now defunct Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) in 2007.

The IEBC has already demonstrated how it will use electronic means of transferring the results from different polling stations to the tallying centre at Bomas but the results cannot be officially released until the official results forms are received from returning officers on the grounds.

According to IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan, that’s where the helicopters will come in.

“We have hired some aircraft and choppers to be used in extreme situations just to ensure things go right,” he said.

Hassan also said that, despite the odds against it, the IEBC will deliver on its promise of free and fair elections;

“I know that there are many people out there who are still doubting. But I can today promise Kenyans that we are going to succeed in delivering a hitch-less election that is free and fair,” he said.

In related news, the IEBC expects to receive the first batch of ballot papers early next week.



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