The role of the Electoral Commission in election
Monthly Research Report
In January 2006, the Electoral Commission (EC) managed campaigns for
presidential, parliamentary and district women representative contestants. It also
recruited ADRs / District Complaints’ Desk and Systems Officers to handle
complaints at district level. Nominations for various LC officials were also finalised.
Most electoral offences committed by members of the public have been being handled
by the police’s Election Offences Squad and these included defacing posters. No
compaints of intimidation were received by the EC by Januray 31, 2006.
These comprised the handling of operations; delivery of materials for nominations;
invitation and handlingof interests from organisations/individuals intending to observe
the forthcoming elections; issuance of symbols for independent Candidates who failed
to submit their symbols; and calling upon voters who had registered more than once to
rectify their registration status or face legal action; plus the finalisation of the re-
organisation of the polling stations. 2,480 new stations were created.
The EC invited written expressions of interest from organisations / individuals who
wished to observe presidential, parliamentary and district women elections. In order to
be accredited as observers organisations / individuals are required to:
Demonstrate a track record of credibility
Demonstrate neutrality in the elections
Illustrate that governance is a key aspect of their activities
Be able to submit timely written observation reports
Be able to meet their upkeep expenses
Be able to comply with guidelines to be issued by the EC.
When seen to fulfil the above requirements, observers would be provided with written
clearance, relevant information and identification tags for purposes of observing the