Raila Odinga’s letter to IEBC and why they must vacate office

Raila Odinga’s letter to IEBC and why they must vacate office

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Raila Odinga and CORD leaders led a sit in in IEBC offices demanding changes at the electoral body.

Here is the letter

On March 4, 2013, we went to the polls expecting free, fair and transparent elections meeting most international standards.

We put our money where our hopes were; giving the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) billions of shillings to buy equipment that would make the elections meet our expectations. We now know some of that equipment arrived quietly after elections.

We never knew that the IEBC planned to deliver what it was later to call ‘Third World Elections’. The second anniversary of that election came and went quietly.

In all accountable political systems, electoral debacles lead to immediate thorough public reviews.

 Electoral reforms elsewhere

After the debacle in the US State of Florida in 2000, individual states immediately undertook close examinations of their electoral systems.

By early May 2001, nearly 1,600 bills on election reform had been introduced in state legislatures around the country, and 130 had been signed into law.

In Ghana, the electoral commission together with political parties have jointly embarked on a review of the electoral system focusing on how to reform and enable it to attain highest possible standards.

Immediately after the Supreme Court ruling in August 2013, Ghana convened a forum on the general theme: “Towards transparent and acceptable elections in Ghana: A review of Ghana’s electoral system” to review the electoral system.

The forum acknowledged that the case challenging the 2012 election results had laid bare some challenges of the nation’s electoral system that could not be ignored.

In June last year, the EC announced that it was embarking on a revision of the voters register.

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