Thursday, October 6, 2022

IEBC suspends Mombasa, Kakamega gubernatorial elections

The Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) has suspended both Mombasa and Kakamega gubernatorial elections after the ballot papers were found to have wrong details.

Speaking in regard to the issue was IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati who noted that elections in the two counties will be suspended until when a gazette notice is issued.

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Chebukati however called for calm as he assured residents of the two counties that the matter will be resolved and election will proceed as usuall.

It has been revealed that the Commission could have not known about the details issue as the papers had arrived in pallets that were sealed and opened today while distributing them in the two counties.

The news comes at a time when the Court of Appeal suspended a High Court order directing IEBC to use the manual register in the electoral exercise.

This is after the United Democratic Alliance(UDA) filled a case before the Appellate court challenging the High Court order in support of the use of KIEMS kits in the elections.

Speaking in regard to the news was ODM candidate for the Kakamega gubernatorial seat Fernandez Barasa who called on his supporters to remain calm but turn out in large numbers and vote for Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

He however called on IEBC to work on the issue as he begged to understand how the papers could have such mistakes when they went to Greece to supervise the process.

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