The intervention by the two principals in the matter of the biometric voter registration kit has restored the delicated balance that kept Kenyans’ hopes for a sea change in the management of elections alive.
In itself, it showed that many of the fires that have consumed the goodwill between the two coalition partners could also have been resolved if they had only recognised that it is in their common interest to always approach national issues with a united front.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has now gotten a slim window to ensure a clean break from the past as far as the conduct of elections goes.
It was clear from the outset that a majority of the country was totally against manual voter registration, having seen the shenanigans it unleashed in 2007, which ended in the deaths of over 1,100 Kenyans and the confirmation of crimes against humanity charges in relation to the ensuing 2008 chaos by the International Criminal Court against some leaders.
The IEBC must now move quickly to end the acrimonious boardroom battles that have divided it for so long and put the interests of the country before personal differences.
If it fails to do this, it will only be a matter of time before another major threat to a credible General Election emerges.
So far, despite the BVR saga, the IEBC still enjoys a measure of public confidence. We hope it will be enough to take it past March 4, 2013.
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