November 16, 2018

Chebukati’s message to Kenyans on poll eve

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has on Wednesday (25/10/17) assured Kenyans that it is ready to conduct the fresh presidential election.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati indicated that the fresh poll set for tomorrow October 26 would proceed as ordered by the Supreme Court on September 1.

Addressing the nation at the IEBC National Tallying Centre at the Bomas of Kenya, Mr Chebukati said enough progress had been made by the Commission to ensure the successful conduct of the October 26 poll.

“Based on the assurances given to this Commission by the relevant authorities and the security agencies, and based on the progress that has been made by the Commission, the election as scheduled will go on tomorrow (October 26),” Chebukati stated.

According to the IEBC chair, the Commission had put in place measures to ensure voting, counting, tallying and tabulation of votes was done in a transparent manner.

“The Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System (KIEMS) has been reconfigured to transmit both text and images in the results management process.

“Only the scanned images of all the relevant results forms, without accompanying the text, will be projected to the public through a dedicated portal,” Chebukati assured.

In regards to security, Chebukati assured voters that the police had confirmed there would be a smooth and safe process.

“The Commission has received a guarantee from the Inspector General of National Police Service in writing that certain strategic and operational changes have been effected to ensure that peaceful and lawful expression of human rights will never be treated as a crime,” Chebukati pointed out.

Chebukati spoke at a news conference in company of Vice-Chairperson Consolata Nkatha, Commissioners Abdi Guliye, Boya Molu, Paul Kurgat and Margret Mwachanya.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has, however, maintained its hardline stance that there would be no election, saying that the process was unconstitutional.

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