IEBC holds joint prayer meeting with NCCK and Catholic Bishops

IEBC Chairperson Chebukati [Photo: KBC]

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati says the commission is confident in delivering a free, fair and credible general election due to the measures put in place. 

Addressing the press from the Bomas of Kenya, he said the measures include; securing all ballot papers and results forms.

“As a commission, we have prepared for what Kenyans deserve; a free, fair, and credible election. In all we do, we are guided by the Constitution and law. The mandate of running the election is with IEBC and when others are encroaching on our mandate, we protect it by ensuring we remain in the driver seat,” said Chebukati.

Chebukati also  called on the church and other religious leaders to encourage candidates who may want to challenge the election results to go to court and not incite their supporters.

“We have over 16,000 candidates in this election and they are competing for 1882 seats, that means we’ll have 14,000 people who’ll either accept or be unhappy about the results, we ask the Church to encourage them to follow the right channels.

On our end, we are going to make it difficult for candidates to go to court because we are going to be transparent in the process. We have allowed parallel tallying of results to avoid the issue of a candidate claiming they don’t know their results,” he added.

Also present, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops led by Bishop John Obala of the Ngong Diocese who commended IEBC for its continued commitment to ensure that all preparations of the elections are done on time.

The two spoke during a prayer service for the commission, held by the National Council of Churches of Kenya, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and other stakeholders.

The service was themed Grace for Success towards the General Election.

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