Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman and National Returning Officer Wafula Chebukati has finally met with the splinter group of IEBC Commissioners led by Vice Chair Juliana Cherera with who he fell out following the announcement of controversial presidential results on Monday, 15th August, 2022.
The electoral commission is planning to induce joint mechanisms that will ensure free and fair in two counties, four constituencies, and two wards where the election was postponed to 29th August, 2022.
This becomes the first meeting between Chebukati and the four commissioners who disowned presidential results declared by the chair, citing the opaque nature of the processes employed in tallying of votes from various constituencies.
Four IEBC commissioners disown Chebukati’s presidential results
While snubbing Chebukati’s Bomas of Kenya presidential results declaration event, the four commissioners led by Vice Chair Cherera called for a surprise press conference at Serena Hotel where they distanced themselves from Chebukati’s results urging the affected parties to explore legal channels in seeking to invalidate the results.IEBC vice chairperson Juliana Cherera protested that although the commission ensured improved standards and consistently communicated to the nation what was transpiring during the tallying, there was a need to out some things in the commission.
“We have conducted the 2022 general election and have ensured we have improved the standards and consistently communicated what is happening, have partnered with all stakeholders and say for a fact as a commission we have done a good job. But some things need to be put out there” she stated.
“As you can see we are here (at Serena Hotel) and not at Bomas (national tallying centre) because of the opaque nature of how this phase has been handled. We, therefore, cannot take ownership of the result that will be announced.” Cherera added.
Raila Petitions against Chebukati’s presidential results
Raila’s legal team is expected to lodge a petition at the supreme today before 2pm to challenge Chebukati’s results that rendered Ruto and Gachagua as president and deputy president elects.