Kenyan results irretrievably polluted

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International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)

Report of the Independent Review commission (IREC) on 2007 Elections in Kenya:

« The Results are irretrievably Polluted »
When 1,2 million dead ‘people’ were registered to vote in Kenya!

Paris, Nairobi – 19 September 2008 – The International Federation for Human Rights and its member organisation, the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) welcome the report that was released today by the Independent Review Commission (IREC) concluding that the results of the 2007 December presidential elections were « irretrievably polluted ».

Mandated to analyse the integrity of the outcome of the 2007 General Election, legal framework for the conduct of elections in Kenya, the structure, composition and management system of the Electoral Commission of Kenya and its organisation and conduct of the 2007 electoral operations, the IREC came to some conclusions confirming that the 2007 general election was irretrievably flawed.

The IREC main findings are:

* Kenya’s constitutional and legal framework relating to elections contains a number of weaknesses and inconsistencies that weaken its effectiveness

* During the preparation and conduct of the 2007 elections the ECK lacked the necessary independence, capacity and functionality

* The conduct of the electoral process was hampered and the electoral environment was polluted by the conduct of many public participants, especially political parties and the media.

* There were serious defects in the voter register which impaired the integrity of the 2007 elections even before polling started:

• it excluded nearly one-third of eligible voters, with a bias against women and young people

• it included the names of some 1.2 million dead people

* Serious anomalies in the delimitation of constituencies impaired the legitimacy of the electoral process even before polling started

* There was generalised abuse of polling, characterised by widespread bribery, vote buying, intimidation and ballot-stuffing

* This was followed by grossly defective data collation, transmission and tallying

Call for revision

FIDH and KHRC call on the Kenyan government to recognise the gross irregularities and violations of various human rights that took place during and after the December 2007 elections and to follow up the recommandations given by the IREC, by notably :

Revising the constitutional and legal framework relating to elections

Revising the electoral management process

Creating immediately a new independent and effective electoral management body to replace the present Electoral Commission of Kenya

FIDH and KHRC call on the Kenyan government to ratify the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

FIDH and KHRC call on the government to establish the Truth and Justice Commission to seek and promote justice, national unity, reconciliation and peace, among the people of Kenya by inquiring into the human rights violations in Kenya.

Press Contact : Dan Juma, Deputy Executive Director, Kenya Human Rights Commission +254 722 701 163

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