IIEC did a commendable job, says youth official
THE youth have hailed the Interim Independent Electoral Commission for conducting the referendum on the new constitution in a professional and efficient manner.
Youth Agenda acting chief executive officer Susan Kariuki said: “Their credibility was on line and they performed well and restored Kenyan’s confidence in the electoral system. The referendum was free and fair.”
Speaking during a political café forum for youth at Ufanisi Resorts in Kisii, Kariuki also hailed IIEC chairman Isaak Hassan, saying ''he was on top of things''.
The forum was organised by the Centre for Community Dialogue’s Geoffrey Mogire. The participants discussed various issues during the workshop, whose theme was: "What next after the referendum''.
“They faced a lot of challenges but I can give then an 85 percent score. However, they need to improve on technology,’ she added.
Kariuki also hailed the media for giving a fair coverage to both sides "and for also giving the youth chances to be heard in various forums".
“The media gave a platform for the young people to be heard. I think this was a plus for the media,” she added.
“The media went out of their way and promoted peace. The coverage was responsible, objective, civil. The media also educated the people of the Constitution,” added Kariuki.
She asked the youth to be realistic on the new constitution, saying it will not bring bread to their tables.
However, Kariuki asked them to closely monitor the implementation of the new constitution after it is promulgated by President Kibaki.