Man Under Pressure? Chebukati Gives Go Ahead For Election

IEBC Chairperson, Wafula Chebukati. PHOTO | IEBC
After the highly publicized resignation of IEBC Commissioner, Roselyn Akombe, Mr. Chebukati addressed the press and said he could not guarantee credible polls because of a divided commission. In an announcement on Wednesday, he now says that all systems are on and the repeat elections would happen on Thursday 26 October.

In the earlier statement, he said, in part;
I am convinced that without critical changes in the key secretariat staff we may not have a free ,fair and credible election. I ask the staff who have been adversely mentioned to step aside and allow the project team to function without interference.

In his statement today, October 25, Mr Chebukati said that IEBC will open polling stations across the country at 6 am on October 26.

He said the election will go on as per plan and mentioned that relevant government authorities had given assurances on security and preparedness for the poll.

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Moreover, the electoral body chairman said a ruling made Wednesday morning by High Court Judge George Odunga that the appointment of constituency returning officers and their deputies is illegal does not stop the officers from overseeing the presidential election.

Mr Chebukati also said that where there will be any problems of voting, the polling officer will inform IEBC of the situation and the election can be postponed to another date. We cannot confirm if the concerns he raised a few days ago have already been solved.

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