Chebukati warns Uhuru, Raila against interfering with polls

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati at a past function.
File image of IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. PHOTO| COURTESY

IEBC chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, has warned the political class against interfering with the electoral process, saying that the commission should be left to deal with the October 26 repeat presidential election.

Speaking on Wednesday, Chebukati complained that both Jubilee and National Super Alliance (NASA) are interfering with IEBC, something he says will prevent the electoral body from delivering a free, fair and credible polls to Kenyans.

“My warning to all parties is that they should sit back and let my commissioners do their job. They shouldn’t interfere with the commission. With the rapid twisting and turn of events between August election and now, we have to move together as one people,” said Chebukati.

Chebukati also called on the IEBC staff who have been mentioned adversely as been responsible for colluding in the bungled August 8 presidential election to step aside and help instill both political and public confidence in the commission.

“Under such conditions, it is difficult to guarantee free polls because of a secretariat that has been faulted by the political class. I urge those people mentioned to step aside as we can still salvage this situation. I shall not go down in history of this country as a national returning officer who plunged the country into bad state than he found it,” added Chebukati.

The IEBC boss, however, exuded confidence in the technical team that he formed to oversee the repeat poll preparations, saying that all activities necessary for the re-run are intact.

According to Chebukati, the technical team is ready and the commission has properly reviewed the Supreme Court judgment to put down the entire matrix to ensure that the repeat poll will be transparent, verifiable and accountable.

While expressing regret in Commissioner Roselyn Akombe’s resignation from the commission earlier in the day, Chebukati said “she will be missed.”

“She is among the best bright minds that we have in Kenya and I am sorry that the environment we created did not allow people like her working without fearing for their lives,” he added.

On whether he was going to resign from the commission, Chebukati said; “Resignation would be the easiest thing but I am determined to make this work.”

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