Enormous Rift in IEBC as Chebukati Suspends Polls

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The Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Runaway officials on Monday reprimanded Wafula Chebukati for Suspending polls in seven posts amid IEBC rift.

In a statement on Friday, the four IEBC Runaways, Vice Chair Juliana Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyang’aya, and Irene Masit claimed the IEBC boss did not involve them in deciding upon results on the same.

IEBC Runaway commissioners.

According to the Four commissioners, they just discovered later that Wafula Chebukati had canceled polls from the media noting that they were taken aback when they made the discovery.

“It is unknown how this decision arrived and with whom the Chairman consulted as it came as a shock and was communicated without a sheer thread of consultation, meeting, and/or agreement with the Commissioners of the Commission as required by the Act,” the statement reads in part.

The commissioners accused Chebukati of being responsible for the rift within the electoral body referring to his alleged ‘independent’ move to call off the elections as unilateral and autocratic.

“In pursuit of his continued unilateralism and autocratic tactics, Chebukati has sprung a rift of confusion within the Commission, voters of the different constituents are now anxious and apprehensive as to the motive behind such statements and decision as issued by the chair,” said the four.
“The Chairman has continued to stray away from his responsibilities and has clothed himself as a domineering lone ranger operating at his behest contrary to the doctrines of the Constitution.”

Earlier this week, Chebukati suspended governor polls in Kakamega and Mombasa Counties and MP contests in Kitui Rural, Kalicheba, and Rongai constituencies.

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He also suspended MCA polls in Kwa Njenga in Nairobi and Meru County’s Nyaki Westward.

The said contests were initially set to be held on August 9 but were later pushed to August 23 owing to errors in the ballot papers.

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