Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chair Wafula Chebukati today extended his heartfelt congratulations to the IEBC for winning the Election Management Award and coming in as runner-up for the Election Ergonomic Award at the 19th International Electoral Affairs Awards Ceremony held in Lisbon, Portugal.
Chebukati, who led the IEBC during the 2022 General Election, commended the commission for its unwavering commitment to conducting credible, transparent, and inclusive elections. “This recognition is a testament to the IEBC’s dedication to upholding the highest standards of electoral integrity and ensuring that the voices of Kenyan citizens are heard,” he stated.
The Election Management Award acknowledges the IEBC’s exceptional ability to effectively manage and organize elections, while the runner-up position for the Election Ergonomic Award underscores the commission’s innovative approach to enhancing voter accessibility and participation. These accolades bring not only pride to Kenya but also set a benchmark for other electoral bodies worldwide.
Chebukati particularly highlighted the IEBC’s adoption of technology, which played a crucial role in streamlining the electoral process and enhancing transparency. “The IEBC’s embrace of technology has been instrumental in strengthening our democracy and fostering public trust in the electoral system,” he emphasized.
The former IEBC Chair also lauded the commission’s commitment to stakeholder engagement, noting that the IEBC’s proactive outreach efforts have been instrumental in ensuring a peaceful and inclusive electoral environment. “The IEBC’s engagement with political parties, civil society, and the media has been exemplary, and this has significantly contributed to the success of our elections,” he affirmed.
Chebukati expressed his confidence in the IEBC’s ability to continue delivering credible and transparent elections in the future. “The IEBC has set a high standard for itself, and I am confident that the commission will continue to build on its achievements and further strengthen Kenya’s democracy,” he asserted.