The Electoral Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati’s assertions that the Commission was ill prepared to conduct the repeat presidential elections were used against him as the Presidential Petition got underway on Wednesday.
Chebukati had then stated that the poll body was not ready to conduct a credible poll after one of the Commissioners Roselyn Akombe resigned.
Through advocate Julie Soweto the petitioners Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa revisited the statements and submitted that the pronouncement in addition to Akombe’s resignation were reason enough to discredit the October 26th presidential poll.
Earlier, the apex court made a ruling directing IEBC to avail forms 34As, B’s and C’s which were used in the fresh presidential polls.
Further the court directed IEBC to avail a certified copy of the voters’ roll.
Two other applications filed by two voters to be enjoined in the presidential petition were dismissed for lack of merit.
The petitioners further argued that the repeat presidential election was marred with violence, intimidation and lack of transparency by the electoral body hence should be nullified.
However, IEBC through lawyers Waweru Gatonye and Mwangi Karori demonstrated before the court why the electoral body conducted the fresh presidential election under strict conformity of the constitution as ordered by the Supreme Court.
They argued that the commission should not be blamed as it acted within the law to postpone elections in regions that were perceived hostile to its officers.
The Supreme Court judges have until Monday next week to hear and make a determination on the petitions challenging the win of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the October 26th repeat poll.