Four IEBC officials were arrested for colluding with a politician barely days after the assurance from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati of the safety and readiness of his team to conduct elections.
The four IEBC officials; a presiding officer, two deputy presiding officers, and a clerk were caught in underground chitchat behind closed doors with a political aspirant for the parliamentary seat in Homa bay County.
IEBC has responded by sacking the agents of the August Polls who the commission had recruited to man over Kwabwai and Kanyadoto wards.
Their replacement is awaited to be posted later today by the IEBC commission.
The cat was let out of the bag after some of the residents got a clue about the move and the secretive meeting being held hence rushed to disrupt it all.
IEBC officials caught on the scene by the patriotic citizens who are readying for a free and fair election were taken to a nearby police station for action.
Ndhiwa sub-county police boss, Paul Rioba, affirmed that investigations were ongoing in order to establish the basis of the discussions as he noted and commended the citizens. Further assured the residents that the matter would be dealt with accordingly.
Investigations were set as well as a search for some of the IEBC officials who escaped the ambush by the residents at the ongoing meeting.
According to a witness, a tip was heard of an underway deal between the officials and the political aspirant to have his ballot papers marked and dropped in the ballot boxes on election day.
The news coming just after Chebukati hinting at the best performance by the commission has stirred mixed reactions.
Since the commission chair announced that approximately 22.1 million registered voters will be slated to exercise their constitutional rights on Tuesday, August 9 poll.
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Even assured through a deployment of adequate staff who included; presiding officers, deputies, and clerks, with a record of efficient training in order to effectively manage the elections.