IEBC ready to conduct free and fair general election

Wafula Chebukati

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission says it will hold free, fair, credible elections and peaceful elections.

The Commissions chair Wafula Chebukati stated that most of the materials needed for the August 9th elections have already been procured.

He spoke after meeting religious leaders at Ufungamano House.

Meanwhile, IEBC has moved to block those who lose in nominations from vying as independent candidates in the August 9 General Election.

The electoral agency seeks to amend the Elections Act, 2011.

It targets to shift the deadline for submission of party membership lists until after certification by the political parties’ registrar.

Instead of the 120 days in the existing law – which informed the deadline of April 9 – IEBC wants the days moved to 90 days.

In this respect, the party and independent candidates would be cleared at the same time.

The IEBC is set to register candidates from May 29 to June 9.

In this regard, May 9 would be the last day the IEBC is to receive the party membership list.

IEBC, in a presentation by Legal Services director Chrispine Owiye on behalf of chairman Wafula Chebukati, said the bid is to provide equality in treatment of candidates – both presented by political parties and independents.

The way you deny a person from hopping from party A to B, is the same way you should deny a candidate from hopping from a party to independent,” Owiye said

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