IEBC Sets Dates For Kakamega And Mombasa Governor Elections

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced August 29, 2022 as the new date for the postponed elections in various parts of the country.

Governorship elections in Mombasa and Kakamega counties were among the eight elections that IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati announced would be postponed.

The other six are Member of the National Assembly polls in Kitui Rural Constituency (Kitui County), Kacheliba Constituency (West Pokot County), Pokot South Constituency (West Pokot County) and Rongai Constituency (Nakuru County).

Elections for Member of County Assembly Wards have also been postponed in Kwa Njenga (Embakasi South Constituency – Nairobi County) and Nyaki West (North Imenti Constituency – Meru County).

Chairman Chebukati, speaking to the media at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, insisted that the aforementioned elections must be completed as soon as possible to allow the commission to publish party lists, which he claimed could not be completed without the elections.

“These elections must take place as soon as possible because we need to move on and have finality,” said Chebukati.

He also stated that the process will be smooth and that all of the issues that had caused the elections to be suspended have been resolved.

Chebukati also allowed candidates running for the positions to campaign for up to 48 hours before the election.

The aforesaid regions failed to vote for the respective positions during the August 9 polls after IEBC cited errors found on the ballot papers.

Chebukati stated that there were discrepancies discovered on the ballot boxes, as the photos and names of the candidates vying for the seats were incorrect.

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