The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has announced that Kenya’s fresh presidential elections as ordered by the Supreme Court will now be held on October 26, just five days to the 60 days allowed by the Constitution.
Chebukati said the decision was taken to ensure the commission is fully prepared in light of the apex court’s judgment delivered on Wednesday.
“There is no doubt that the judgment impacts on the election operations and in particular technology to be deployed,” Mr Chebukati said.
“In order to ensure that the commission is fully prepared to deliver an election that meets the standards set out by the Supreme Court, we wish to notify the public and all stakeholders that the fresh presidential election shall now be held on Thursday October 26, 2017,” the chairman added, further announcing that IEBC will issue more details on Friday on the state of preparedness.
IEBC continues to review the detailed Supreme Court for purposes of understanding its implications on the court-ordered fresh poll.
In the majority judgment, four Supreme Court judges— Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Justices Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola— held that the presidential election held on August 8 “was not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the applicable law rendering the declared result invalid, null and void.”
They also held that there were substantial irregularities and illegalities in the presidential election that they affected the integrity of the election, “the results notwithstanding.”
National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga has exuded confidence that he will win the fresh presidential poll.
However, Odinga maintained that he will only participate in the poll if all the orders by the Supreme Court are adhered to.
“I am not afraid to face Uhuru Kenyatta in the repeat poll. However I will not go into an election until IEBC rectifies all the mistakes pointed out by the Supreme Court,” Odinga said.
He was speaking Wednesday evening after the top court delivered its full judgement on the presidential election petition he had filed.
The opposition leader insisted that Safran Morpho and Al Ghurair should not be contracted again to supply the ballot papers and electronic materials for the poll.
“The court found out that there were forgeries in the forms used in the transmission of results and therefore Al Ghurair and Safran should not be contracted gain. There is enough time to look for an alternative,” Mr Odinga said.
“The vote of millions of people who wake up in the morning must count and IEBC should not waste the time of people who are ready to be part of change,” Odinga added.
Source: Daily Nation