President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected with just over 54 per cent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, easily surpassing the 50 per cent threshold needed to avoid a runoff. The supreme court overturned his victory on the basis of irregularities and illegalities in the conduct of IEBC during the polls. /NY TIMES

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday hosted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati at Harambee House in Nairobi in a rare meeting few days to election.

The president reiterated Jubilee’s stand that they had no bad blood with the electoral commission on its readiness for the Thursday exercise.

“We made it clear that we have no demands or conditions on this subject. We have made funds available for the IEBC to do its job. Now they really should deliver,” he said as quoted by The Star.

He however stressed that the scheduled elections needed to be done as provided for in the law after the Supreme Court verdict that annulled his August win on September 1.

“We only insist that elections be held on October 26, that’s the timeline set by the IEBC in terms of conditions set in the annulment of the Aug 8 elections.”

Last week, a day after the resignation of Commissioner Roselyn Akombe, Chebukati stated that there was need to deliberate on key concerns on electoral preparedness with key stakeholders of the poll-Uhuru Kenyatta (Jubilee Party) and Raila Odinga (NASA) if the poll body was to deliver a free, fair and credible election.

Crisis Meeting

The Commission had set for a crisis meeting for Thursday October 19 but later called it off without giving elaborate reasons.

“Today’s 2.30pm meeting with presidential candidates has regrettably been rescheduled. We will update,” IEBC stated via its Twitter page on Thursday.

President Kenyatta had snubbed the meeting called by Chebukati, saying he would instead channel his energy and time campaigning for the nearing presidential rerun.

Jubilee party secretary general Raphael Tuju said there was no need for the president to meet IEBC chairman. Tuju stressed that that the electoral body should just proceed with preparations for the fresh polls.

Firm with a call for mass protests that have sparked fears a political and constitutional crisis, NASA’s Raila Odinga indicated he was open to talks that would put into shape key structures at the electoral body.

During a Kamukunji grounds rally, Odinga told supporters; “We are open to dialogue for cleaning of the commission”.

Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi held a meeting with IEBC chairman at the Anniversary Towers offices last week.

“If proper consultations are done and proper reforms are carried out and those fears are addressed we will consider (being part of the repeat pol),” Odinga told journalists after emerging from the Thursday morning meeting at Anniversary Towers.

He said he had been invited to the meeting by Mr Chebukati, different from one that had been called for presidential candidates at Serena Hotel at 2.30pm the same day.