SDA church asks IEBC to change election date
The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church now wants the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to push the Saturday’s repeat presidential election to another day.
Through a letter to IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati, the head of the SDA in Kenya Pst. Samuel Makori says that the said elections should be postponed to a later day that is not Saturday, insisting that failure for the electoral commission to do so, it will be denying millions of SDA faithfuls their democratic right to vote.
“We want to bring to your attention that this date falls on Saturday, which is a day of worship to over three million Adventist in Kenya. This will deny them their constitutional right to vote,” read part of the letter.
“While we support your move to to give Kenyans who did not vote today another chance, we request you to do it another day other than Saturday the day of worship for Seventh-Day Adventist,” continued the letter.
However, when asked about the same issue in an earlier press briefing Chebukati said that nobody is forced to vote and that IEBC cannot extend voting beyond Saturday, October 28 saying that the gazette notice on the new election date will be issued Friday, October 27
“We cannot keep extending the right of voting after Saturday, the commission will have to make a decision,” the chairman said.
The move came after voting failed to take place in four counties-Kisumu, Homabay, Siaya and Migori- due to security concerns witnessed in the region during the October 26 election day.
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