August 9

IEBC to meet State House hopefuls over voters roll

Friday, June 24th, 2022 04:00 | By
IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati. PD/file

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is scheduled to host presidential candidates next week for a consultative meeting.

The electoral agency has invited Azimio-One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga, his closest competitor and United Democratic Alliance ticket bearer William Ruto, Roots Party candidate George Wajackoyah and Agano Party’s David Waihiga for the meeting slated for June 29.

According to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, the meeting will deliberate on issues of the printed register of voters. The meeting will be held at Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club from 9 am.

Chebukati says the commission will also engage the contestants on the election results path along with harmonisation of their campaign schedules.

Commission upheld that the candidates should not be accompanied by more than five people to avoid crowding and to also allow IEBC to conduct a seamless session.

Limit attendees

“Please note you may be accompanied to the meeting by not more than five persons,” Chebukati said in the letter dated June 21.

The meeting will be happening in the wake of demands by a section of the candidates, who had earlier outlined key issues that the electoral agency must address before the August polls.

Among other issues, the candidates have been pushing IEBC to clear the air on the status of electronic identification of voters and transmission of results and integrity of the voter's register.

They had also tasked the electoral agency to avail audited register of voters and make the recruitment of returning officers and printing of ballot papers transparent.

With the hopefuls having expressed concerns over areas they feel should be addressed, IEBC will be engaging them to avoid a repeat of 2017 when presidential results were declared invalid, null and void.

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