IEBC Dismisses Raila’s Demand On Mombasa And Kakamega Governor Elections

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has dismissed remarks by Azimio La Umoja One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga calling on the commission’s chair Wafula Chebukati to recuse himself from conducting Mombasa and Kakamega Governor elections slated for Monday, August 29.

In a statement on Wednesday, the IEBC clarified that Chebukati was not constitutionally mandated to conduct the elections but rather the County Returning Officers in the aforementioned regions.

“The Commission wishes to inform the public that the statements made today by Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga with regard to the role of the Chairman in the two Gubernatorial elections scheduled for Monday 29th August 2022 are misleading,” IEBC wrote in a statement.

“Gubernatorial elections are run by gazetted Returning Officers as provided for by the law. For the avoidance of doubt, Returning Officers for Mombasa and Kakamega counties are Ibrahim Swalhah Yusuf and Joseph Ayatta, respectively.”

Odinga while speaking in Mombasa as he campaigned for ODM candidate Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir demanded that Chebukati’s deputy, Juliana Cherera, should oversee the two elections. 

The former premier argued that the IEBC boss had been sued in over seven petitions challenging the August 9th presidential election results and thus is unqualified to oversee the two elections.

“Chebukati should disqualify himself from the elections ili haki iweze kutendeka hapa, ajiondoe kwenye hii uchaguzi inayoendelea, awachie wale hawana mapendeleo,” Raila said. 

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