Presidential poll to go on as scheduled – IEBC

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – IEBC has announced that the repeat presidential election will be held on Thursday as scheduled.

IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati says polling stations across the country will open at 6 am and close at 5 pm.

Addressing the media in Nairobi on the electoral body’s state of preparedness, the chair said the repeat poll will go on uninterrupted based on assurances given by relevant security agencies.

“In cases where there are problems in voting, polling officers will inform us (commission) and polling will be postponed to a later date,” he added.

Chebukati also said that the commission had consulted with the Inspector General and the Independent Police Oversight Authority – IPOA and agreed that police brutality against protestors must stop and concerned officers put on notice.

The Supreme Court of Kenya ordered for repeat presidential polls last month after the 8th August results were nullified citing “irregularities and illegalities”.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, says the ballot will go ahead as scheduled.

On the other hand, National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga has urged his supporters to boycott the re-run, saying the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has not put in place its demands for  free, fair and credible elections.

The Opposition has vowed to mobilize its supporters across the Country to block the fresh Presidential election scheduled for Thursday.

At the same time, the electoral body has said that the appointment of Returning Officers and their deputies is still valid and the electoral officials will conduct the Thursday, October 26 vote.

IEBC confirmed on its Twitter handle that orders to quash their appointment were declined by the High Court, making them still active for office.

IEBC said the order sought before Judge George Odunga was for cancellation of the appointment of Returning Officers and deputies, which was declined.


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