Population deserves praise in this election

In Summary

• So far the 2022 elections have been relatively well-run and largely problem-free.

• Politicians have concentrated  more on political and policy issues than on ethnicity

Voters at Kinango Primary School polling station on August 9, 2022.
Voters at Kinango Primary School polling station on August 9, 2022.

Tallying is underway in the elections and some clear trends are emerging, although few results are finally determined.

However one thing is clear – the elections have so far been calm, well-organised and largely free of violence.

There have been some minor problems – such as with Kiems kits in a few polling stations – but in general these elections have run much more smoothly than previous elections such as 2017 and 2013.

The IEBC needs to be commended for organising a relatively efficient poll. There have been a few problems here and there but it is also true that the IEBC was handicapped by the delayed release of funding from government and other problems not of their own making.

The political class also deserves praise for dwelling more on issues such as inflation and corruption than on ethnicity. That has helped stabilise the country.

But above all the electorate deserves praise for remaining calm. The general population should remain calm whatever the result. There are always winners and losers in every election race. And there will be another election in five years where candidates can try their luck again.

Quote of the day: "As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."

Andrew Carnegie
The Scottish-American businessman died on August 11, 1919

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