Lack of preparedness for polls irks NCCK

Friday, January 8th, 2021 00:00 |
NCCK General Secretary Rev Chris Kinyanjui (right) addresses the media in Limuru. Photo/PD/Clement Kamau

The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), has expressed it’s displeasure over the country’s lack of preparedness ahead of the 2022 General Election.

It said that it’s unfortunate to see the nation heavily focused on the constitution of Kenya amendment Bill arising from the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) process thereby failing to fully prepare for the election.

The churches’ body observed the country is yet to address the major challenges that affected the 2017 General Election.

Addressing the media at Jumuia Conference and Country Home in  Limuru yesterday, NCCK General Secretary Rev Canon Chris Kinyanjui called upon the government to immediately resolve the leadership of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by appointing of commissioners who resigned.

“The government needs to urgently audit the electoral process to identify gaps that led to previous concerns and shortcomings as well as review and update voter’s register besides passing and implementing all the electoral related laws,’ he said.

He said that if the country acts on these needs, there will indeed be hope that the 2022 polls will be free, fair, peaceful and credible.

Kinyanjui noted that the country has been politically split by the BBI a thing he said has hampered concerted effort s the Covid-19 pandemic and the suffering it has exposed Kenyans to.

NCCK said that there’s need for continued investment in schools to ensure control measures are effectively implemented.

It further affirmed that church facilities across the country are available for schools that may need to use them as classrooms to ease congestion.

Kinyanjui regretted that youth, women and persons living with disabilities are heavily affected by the apparent uncontrollably high social breakdown manifested in failed marriages, drug and substance abuse.

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