Thursday, September 18, 2008



Daily Nation
September 17 2008

Kibaki and Raila endorse Kriegler Report.
It is impossible to establish the real results.
Report recommends overhaul of ECK and major changes in electoral laws.

Kenyans will never know the real winner of last year’s Presidential election. That was the verdict as the Independent Review Commission (IREC) presented its final report on Wednesday.

The report states: “The conduct of the 2007 elections was so materially defective that it is impossible — for IREC or anyone else — to establish true or reliable results for the presidential and parliamentary elections.”


Both the President and the Prime Minister who fought a fiercely contested election before going into a power-sharing deal in order to halt a slide into anarchy, welcomed the findings and promised to have the recommendations implemented.

President Kibaki promised to read the report, present it to the Cabinet and have it made public by tomorrow (Friday).

“The report will be presented to the Cabinet in its next sitting for consideration and approval of an implementation plan. A Sessional Paper on this important report will, thereafter, be presented to Parliament,” he said.

Mr Odinga urged the country to positively own up to the atrocities and anomalies that characterised the election to avert future recurrence of social disorder.

He told Kenyans to accept the findings of Kriegler team, saying: “This report must be discussed and owned by all Kenyans in a bipartisan and unified effort so that the country can confront and amicably find a lasting solution to the crisis that led to the post-election violence”.

Bleeding stopped

Added the PM: “They say that every cloud has a silver lining. When we stood here a few months ago, our country was bleeding. We signed an accord and the bleeding stopped. It is not foolish to make a mistake. But it’s a fool who makes the same mistake twice.”

The President and the Prime Minister looked on as Judge Kriegler told the assembled press that the 2007 election “was so impaired that the results were irretrievably polluted. Nobody will ever be able to say who won or who lost the election.”

He said there was widespread bribery, intimidation, ballot-stuffing and vote-buying.

It also said there was “fraud” in the main political parties’ strongholds, which registered implausible overwhelming turnouts. Locking out of agents of other parties from “party strongholds” aided rigging.

The report, a copy of which the Nation obtained, is particularly harsh on the Electoral Commission for mismanagement of the poll, and makes wide-ranging recommendations that would amount to disbandment of the polls body and radical review of electoral laws.


The report says although there was room for “disagreement as to whether there was rigging of the presidential results announced by the ECK, the process was perverted at the polling stage and the recorded and reported results are so inaccurate as to render any reasonably accurate, reliable and convincing conclusion impossible”.

However, the team dismissed allegations that the rigging of the presidential results took place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. However, two members of the commission allied to the ODM objected to this finding.