58% of Kenyans have confidence in IEBC to deliver free, credible elections – TIFA
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has the confidence of 58 per cent of Kenyans to deliver free and credible elections according to research conducted by TIFA.
The national survey by TIFA Research firm was conducted between July 31 and August 1, 2022. The survey was conducted through telephone interviews with respondents, and the results were released before the legal embargo period for election-related surveys - five days prior to the election.
With the general election only days away, the survey shows that substantially more Kenyans have a lot of confidence in IEBC compared to those who have no confidence at all.
58 per cent of respondents said they have confidence in IEBC to deliver free and credible elections while only 10 per cent said they did not have any confidence in the electoral body.
The survey comes just days after IEBC was caught up in an ugly standoff with the National Police over the arrest of three Venezuelan nationals found in possession of electoral stickers.
There was a back and forth between the electoral body and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) following the arrest of Joel Gustavo Rodríguez García, Camargo Castellanos Jose Gregorio and Salvador Javier Suarez at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on June 21, 2022.
While IEBC maintained that the three were in the country to execute a lawful contract relating to the deployment of election technology, the DCI countered by arguing that the trio did not bear any letter or documentation indicating that they had been invited by the commission.
However, Inspector General (IG) of Police Hilary Mutyambai and IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati jointly announced the row over the three Venezuelan nationals had been resolved while speaking during a joint press conference.