Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
Nairobi, 11th August 2022
A HUMAN RIGHTS UPDATE ON THE VOTING PROCESS
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) in fulfilment of its mandate of promoting and protecting human rights during the electioneering period monitored and observed the elections through 150 hired monitors and over 100 staff members. The Commission was able to monitor and observe the voting process across the country, documenting pre-poll and polling day activities and processes. It is unfortunate that at some of the polling stations, the KNCHR staff and other IEBC accredited observers were denied entry into the polling stations before the commencement of the poll to witness the sealing of the ballot boxes. The presence of the accredited observers, monitors and agents allows them to ensure all pre-poll processes are properly carried out by the election officials and that all the necessary election materials are available.
In this brief, the Commission shares its monitoring updates and initial preliminary findings of the 2022 polling process.
The Commission takes cognizance of the millions of Kenyans who came out to actualize their democratic right to vote and wishes to applaud them for participating in this very crucial civic duty that guarantees democracy for Kenyans. The KNCHR acknowledges, honors and salutes them!
Whilst the Commission appreciates the enormous task the IEBC undertakes in ensuring free fair and credible elections countrywide, the Commission noted concerns with some of the processes and incidents that occurred as outlined below:
The Commission continues to monitor the vote counting and tallying process and shall issue a statement on its findings on the same in due course. In the meantime, the Commission wishes to commend the Inspector General of the National Police Service for the responsiveness of security agencies, and the restraint with which they have executed their duties. The Commission urges them to continue on this trajectory as the country moves towards the critical stage of the declaration of the Presidential election result. The Commission also notes that despite the recorded incidences of violence, it has been a fairly peaceful election with most Kenyans heeding the call to vote and return home to await the outcome. The Commission wishes to urge Kenyans to continue maintaining peace and calm, and to patiently await the final tallies. Equally, all candidates are called upon to encourage their supporters to maintain peace and desist from violence as results are awaited, and where necessary, to follow the rightful legal channels in seeking redress. The Commission also calls upon Kenyans to stop rousing emotions, especially on social media by peddling untruths and forecasting the outcome without any factual supporting data.
Roseline D A Odede, HSC