IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati /COURTESY

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has promised Kenyans a successful poll on October 17 after resolving to work in one accord during a Naivasha retreat that ended on Monday.

The IEBC Chairman, commissioners and CEO had been holed up on a meeting that sought to iron out internal differences witnessed after the Supreme Court verdict that ordered for a repeat presidential poll.

Under the theme Together for the Nation, the commission made a resolve of commitment to deliver an election without favouring any side of the political landscape.

“We want to assure the country that despite the challenges we have experienced in the recent past, the commission is more than committed to ensure that the country has a successful election come October 17,” Mr Chebukati stated.

He announced that Ezra Chiloba, who was left out of an earlier project team for the repeat election would assess the implementation challenges experienced during the August 8 election.


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He said: “We have agreed to review and streamline the operationalization of the project team for purposes of efficient and effective delivery of the fresh presidential election. The CEO has been tasked to assess the implementation challenges that were experienced during the just concluded General Election and propose a project implementation framework that is aligned with the existing organisational structure.”

The IEBC chairman stated that they were in process of reviewing the conduct of last month’s poll even as they await the detailed judgment from the Supreme Court.

Mr Chebukati dismissed allegations of meeting NASA leadership in secret places as alleged by DP William Ruto in a recent interview on Citizen TV.

“We are not partisan, none of us is in Jubilee or NASA, you are bound to hear so many things and allegations. But the truth is we have not held any secret meetings with any of the political candidates,” he stated.

In regards to a leaked memo the chairman wrote to his CEO to demand explanation on electoral flaws during the last election, the commission stated that they were reviewing responses from Mr Chiloba and would give details of their review later on.

“The CEO has responded to the issues raised in the memo and the commissioners will be meeting in the course of the week to review the responses before making a decision on the way forward,” Chebukati stated.

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The country heads to another presidential election after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory was nullified on the basis of irregularities and illegalities witnessed in the previous exercise.

All stakeholders have piled pressure on the IEBC, calling on the team to deliver a clean poll that would not raise questions in the end.

Jubilee party leaders, William Ruto recently tasked the commission to up its game hinting that the ruling side would not shoulder another nullification because of technical faults at the electoral body.

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