The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has downplayed calls by Kenya’s main opposition figure, Raila Odinga, asking him to resign from his office.
Chebukati issued a statement after the Supreme Court ruling that invalidated President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.
“I was not personally touched by the Court judgement,” he said, adding that he would still respect it.
He said IEBC will make staff and systems changes ahead of presidential re-run in 60 days as ordered by the Supreme Court:
Odinga and third way Alliance candidate Ekuru Aukot say IEBC is unfit to manage a fresh election. The Nasa leaders accuse officials of committing crimes.
But Chebukati indicated that the commission did justice to the election and called on the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, to investigate and prosecute any member of the commission found culpable of election malpractices.
The Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru’s re-election, ordering a fresh presidential election in 60 days.
Electoral commission chiefs say they are open to investigations and prosecution over accusations of mishandling the August 8 presidential election.
Chebukati defended his work and vowed not to resign because he was not “personally touched by the Supreme Court ruling”.
He said the commission would proceed to organise the re-run. “I am confident that we can deliver the election in 60 days. The Court said IEBC to run the election. This is the only institution that can do that,” he said.
The commission, he said, would make internal changes ahead of the repeat poll. The changes will involve shake-up of staff and review of the commission’s systems.
This week, Chebukati was quoted by Kenyan media saying he was working under duress after the murdering of their IT official.
He said they were pressured to declare Kenyatta as the winner of the August election.