…I can say with full confidence, that together we have done our country proud. We turned out in large numbers to exercise our democratic right to choose our leaders. We did so calmly, patiently, proudly, and in the full glare of the whole world.
- Ahmed Issack Hassan
May 13, 2015 Kenya Elections 2013 0 comment

CLOSE OF NATIONAL TALLYING CENTRE

CHAIPERSON’S ADDRESS AT THE CLOSE OF THE NATIONAL TALLYING CENTER AT

BOMAS OF KENYA NAIROBI ON THE 9TH MARCH, 2013


FELLOW KENYANS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

THE LONG ROAD TO THE 2013 ELECTIONS IS NOW DRAWING CLOSE. THE SIX BALLOT ELECTION, WHICH THE NEW CONSTITUTION STIPULATED THAT IT BE UNDERTAKEN ALL ON A SINGLE DAY, WAS QUITE AMBITIOUS AND CHALLENGING TO BOTH THE ELECTORAL MANAGEMENT BODY AND THE POLITICAL PARTIES.

 

THE IEBC WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU ALL AND IN A SPECIAL WAY ALL KENYANS FOR YOUR PATIENCE, TRUST AND FAITH IN THE COMMISSION. IT IS YOUR PROFOUND GOODWILL THAT ENABLED US TO SUCCESSFULLY ACCOMPLISH THIS ENOURMOUS MANDATE OF CONDUCTING THE GENERAL ELECTIONS.

 

WE OWE IT ALL TO THE SUPPORT OF VARIOUS GROUPS, INSTITUTIONS AND INDIVIDUALS, WHO SUPPORTED THE COMMISSION THROUGH TECHNICAL ADVICE AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

 

WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS WHO HAVE GONE TO ALL CORNERS OF THIS COUNTRY TO ASSESS OUR PROCESS. THEY CANDIDLY SHARED WITH US THEIR PRELIMINARY FINDINGS AND THIS WAS VERY HELPFUL TO THE COMMISSION. VARIOUS LINE GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES, THE FORD FOUNDATION, UNDP, INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF ELECTION SYSTEMS, POLITICAL PARTIES, VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS AND OTHER KEY PLAYERS MADE INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT HAVE NOW CULMINATED TO THE SUCCESS OF THE WHOLE PROCESS.

 

WE ALSO HAD PRIVATE FIRMS WHO CONTRIBUTED SOFT DRINKS AND COFFEE THAT KEPT THE STAFF HERE AT THE NATIONAL ELECTION CENTRE ENERGIZED FOR THE RIGOROUS EXERCISE.

 

 

THE MEDIA DESERVES SPECIAL MENTION, FOR CONDUCTING THEMSELVES IN A MOST EXEMPLARY AND RESPONSIBLE WAY. IF THERE WAS A TIME WE NEEDED A PARTNER TO MODERATE THE RISING TEMPERATURES, THIS WAS IT AND THE MEDIA CAME THROUGH IN A SPLENDID WAY. THEY HANDLED ISSUES WITH MODESTY AND PROFESSIONALISM. SOME RADIO STATIONS DECIDED TO RUN A GO TO WORK CAMPAIGN EVEN AS IEBC WAS COUNTING AND TALLYING THE RESULTS.

 

IF I MAY PUT IT PLAINLY LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ON THE 4TH OF MARCH 2013, WE HAD A RENDEVOUS WITH HISTORY.  OUR TASK WAS TO CONDUCT AND MANAGE A RATHER COMPLEX ELECTION UNDER A NEW CONSTITUTION.

NO ELECTORAL MANAGEMENT BODY WITHIN AND BEYOND THE REGION HAS HAD THE COURAGE AND RESOLVE TO DO WHAT WE HAVE DONE. WE KNEW WE WERE VENTURING INTO HUGE LOGISTICS, HIGH COSTS, IF NOT UNFORGIVING, HIGH EXPECTATIONS. WE PUT OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD AND WE RESOLVE TO GET IT RIGHT.

 

THIS IS THE SPIRIT OF DETERMINATION, DILIGENCE AND COMMITMENT WITH WHICH WE APPROACHED THIS TASK ON MARCH 4. AS YOU ALL ARE AWARE, AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS ELECTORAL PROCESS, WE FACED SOME TECHNICAL CHALLENGES, IN EVID AND EVTI WHICH NOT ONLY LED TO DELAYS IN THE OVERALL TRANSMISSION AND TALLYING OF RESULTS, BUT ALSO RAISED DOUBTS ABOUT OUR STATE OF PREPARDNESS. INSPITE OF THIS THE COMMISSION MANAGED TO CONDUCT ONE OF THE MOST COMPLEX ELECTIONS IN ONE DAY AND IT IS SATISIFIED OVERALL THAT THE ELECTION WAS CREDIBLE AND TRANSPARENT.

 

I WANT TO CORRECT THE IMPRESSION THAT IEBC RESORTED TO MANUAL COUNTING OF VOTES INSTEAD OF THE FULL TRANSMISSION OF PROVISIONAL RESULTS. THE PHYSICAL PRESENTATION OF THE RESULTS BY RETURNING OFFICERS WAS ALWAYS THE LEGAL OPTION.

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I WISH TO CONFIRM THAT THE COMMISSION  HAS LEARNED VERY VALUABLE LESSONS FROM THESE CHALLENGES AND IS NOW TAKING MEASURES TO AUDIT ITS ENTIRE GENERAL ELECTION OPERATIONS TO HELP IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS THESE AND ANY OTHER PROBLEMS THAT MAY CROP UP.

IN THE WORDS OF THOMAS PAINE:-

“THE HARDER THE CONFLICT, THE GLORIOUS THE TRIUMPH. WHAT WE OBTAIN TOO CHEAPLY, WE ESTEEM TOO LIGHTLY; IT IS DEARNESS ONLY THAT GIVES EVERYTHING ITS VALUE. HAPPY IS THIS MAN THAT CAN SMILE IN TROUBLE, THAT CAN GATHER STRENGH FROM DISTRESS AND GROW’’.   –

 

THIS IS WHAT I TRULY FEEL AS I STAND BEFORE YOU. I CAN SAY WITH FULL CONFIDENCE, THAT TOGETHER WE HAVE DONE OUR COUNTRY PROUD. WE TURNED OUT IN LARGE NUMBERS TO EXERCISE OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO CHOOSE OUR LEADERS. WE DID SO CALMLY, PATIENTLY, PROUDLY, AND IN THE FULL GLARE OF THE WHOLE WORLD.

 

IT WAS OUR MOMENT, AND WE SEIZED IT. THE NUMBER OF VOTERS WAS IMPRESSIVE AND HISTORIC, THE DETERMINATION AND RESOLVE OF OUR PEOPLE UNMATCHED. THE LONG QUEUES OF OUR FELLOW COMPATRIOTS THAT STRETCHED FOR MILES WILL FOREVER BE ENTRENCHED IN OUR NATIONAL PSYCHE AND REMIND US OF THE VALUE AND COST OF BEING ABLE TO CHOOSE OUR LEADERS IN A DEMOCRACTIC PROCESS.

 

FELLOW KENYANS REFLECTING A LITTLE BACK ON THE LONG PATH WE’VE UNDERTAKEN TO BUILD OUR DEMOCRACTIC INSTUTIONS … ON 4 AUGUST 2010, WE MADE OUR COLLECTIVE DECISION TO ENTRENCH DEMOCRACY IN OUR COUNTRY, ESTABLISH THE NECESSARY INSTITUTIONS AND BECOME A COUNTRY THAT IS GOVERNED BY THE RULE OF LAW. ON THAT DAY WE REJECTED IMPUNITY AND EMBRACED ACCOUNTABILITY.

 

YOU HAVE DONE YOUR DUTY AND MADE CLEAR YOUR CHOICE. NOW, WE AT THE COMMISSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF KENYA MUST CONTINUALLY FULFILL OURS.

 

FINALLY MY FELLOW KENYANS AS WE DO SO, WE URGE YOU AGAIN, TO RECALL OUR COMMITMENT TO THE RULE OF LAW AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OUR ACTIONS.  LET US ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR FUTURE AND DO THE RIGHT THING.

 

WE REMEMBER THE LOSS OF LIVES OF OUR STAFF AND SECURITY OFFICERS WHO WERE KILLED IN THE SERVICES OF OUR NATION. THEY ARE MARTYRS AND HEROES.  WE OWE THEM A SPECIAL GRATITUDE.

 

THE COMMISSION RECOGNIZES THE SPECIAL SPACE OCCUPIED BY THE BOMAS OF KENYA IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF KENYANS IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CONSTITUTION. FOR THIS REASON, THE COMMISSION CHOSE TO CELEBRATE THE FIRST HISTORIC ELECTION UNDER THE KENYA CONSTITUTION.

 

IN ADDITION, I WISH TO THANK OUR STAFF, THE VOTERS, POLITICAL PARTIES AND CANDIDATES SECURITY PERSONNEL, AND THE UNITY OF PURPOSE PORTRAYED TO THE COMMISSION. WE STOOD FIRM AND UNITED DESPITE THE CHALLENGES.

 

 

WE AT THE COMMISSION ARE HONORED TO HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH THIS HISTORIC RESPONSIBILITY AND THANK YOU FOR THIS PRIVILEGE.

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PURSUANT TO THE LAW, ARTICLE (4) OF THE CONSTITUTION, A CANDIDATE SHALL BE DECLARED ELECTED AS PRESIDENT IF THE CANDIDATE RECEIVES—

 

(A) MORE THAN HALF OF ALL THE VOTES CAST IN THE ELECTION; AND

(B) AT LEAST TWENTY-FIVE PER CENT OF THE VOTES CAST IN EACH OF MORE THAN HALF OF THE COUNTIES.

 

IN REGARD FELLOW KENYANS, BY THE POWERS VESTED IN ME UNDER ARTICLE 138 (10) ALLOW ME NOW TO PROVIDE YOU IN TOTAL HUMILITY WITH THE FINAL TALLY OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS.

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HAVING FULFILLED THIS REQUIREMENTS BY LAW, I THEREFORE WISH TO DECLARE HON. UHURU KENYATTA AS THE PRESIDENT ELECT AND HON. WILLIAM RUTO AS THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT.

 

THANK YOU GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS KENYA