IEBC summons Marsabit Governor, opponent over chaos

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission Electoral Code of conduct Enforcement committee has summoned Marsabit Governor Ukur Yatan and area Jubilee gubernatorial candidate Mohammed Ali  over political violence witness in Marsabit town on Wednesday.

The two will appear before the committee Friday for grilling over the violence that left several people injured among them police officers.

In a statement, IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati has instructed the two to appear before the Electoral Code of conduct Enforcement committee at IEBC headquarters at Anniversary towers to shed light about the chaos.

Marsabit town Wednesday morning turned a battle field between supporters of the incumbent governor Ukur Yatani and the Jubilee governorship candidate, Mohamud Ali ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaign tour in the area.

Both supporters of Governor Yatani who is defending his seat on a Frontier Alliance Party and Ali who is vying on a Jubilee ticket engaged police on a running battles as they turned on each other.

The IEBC Electoral Code of conduct Enforcement committee said based on its preliminary investigations, it emerged that the violence was between supporters of the two aspirants.

Yattani and Ali are facing off for the second time, having been the only contestants for the post in the 2013 General Election.

President Kenyatta asked the residents to maintain peace during and after the August election and urged politicians that they had a duty to conduct peaceful campaigns.

Elsewhere, elections materials have already arrived in Lodwar, Turkana County ahead of the August 8th, general election.

Turkana County elections manager George Oyugi said the area has also been provide with satellite phones to help address network challenges in County has poor network connections.




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