The IEBC suffered serious failures of technology, management and organisation. For a while on that first and second day, they even suffered serious failures in communication. BUT it would appear this far they have not suffered any fatal failures of integrity and credibility, and appear to be determined to address any issues that may in any way at all smudge the credibility of these polls and the officers of the commission. THAT, my fellow Kenyans, is what is important – not who wins or loses.
So long as we can all be objectively certain that the elections were free, fair, transparent, credible and conducted in strict observance of the provisions of the applicable laws, we can be sure that the results reflect the will of the people – and it is imperative that the people accept the results.
We have each had a candidate that we have been passionate about, and we have each probably implied that a victory by any of the opposing candidates would constitute an existential threat to our nation. If Hon Uhuru Kenyatta wins, he may or may not continue to collaborate with the ICC, there may or may not be economic and other sanctions, and there may or may not be economic collapse – but so long as he is legitimately elected, we MUST all accept him as our President and do our civic duty to guarantee his presidency is a success for the entire nation. If Rt Hon Raila Odinga wins, there may or may not be a witch-hunt, we may or may not be sold wholesale to Western ‘imperialist’ powers, he may or may not become a power-hungry dictator – but so long as he is legitimately elected, we MUST all accept him as our President and do our civic duty to guarantee his presidency is a success.
The announcement of the results of these elections should mark the absolute end of our mutual partisan hostility, and the break of a bright new dawn for our nation. Let those that supported the winning candidate be magnanimous in victory, and let those who supported the losing candidate be gracious in defeat – because if indeed these elections have been free, fair, transparent, credible and conducted in strict observance of the provisions of the applicable laws, there is one great winner: the Nation of Kenya!
We will have exorcised the demons of 2007/8 and the assortment of minor phantoms from the earlier parodies of elections. We will have proven that one of our most important institutions does work. We will have taken a giant step to being one people under God and under the rule of law!
My fellow Kenyans, please please please – let us not ruin this through stiff-necked, fatally subjective, irreverent, insulting, polarising, partisan squabbles, arrogant strutting and crowing, and unprovable allegations of vote theft.