Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has claimed that Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) vice chair, Julian Cherera, should be in charge of gubernatorial elections in Mombasa and Kakamega.
Gubernatorial elections in the two counties were postponed the the IEBC due to mix up of ballot papers and chaos. The elections were moved to 29 August 2022.
Speaking in Mombasa, Raila urged the electoral agency’s chairperson Wafula Chebukati to disqualify himself from managing the elections. He claimed that they will win the elections regardless the number of times the electoral commission will postpone the elections.
“He should disqualify himself from presiding over Mombasa and Kakamega polls,”
“I have decided to come here to see you face to face due to the injustices inflicted upon you and Kakamega people. They decided to postpone the polls in the two counties because they were scared. But no matter how many times they postpone we will still win,” Mr Odinga said.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader was in Mombasa campaigning for Abdulswamad Nassir, a Mombasa gubernatorial candidate running on ODM ticket.
Raila also claimed he was confident over the petition he had filed in court. He also cited that the rigging of the elections was planned before August 9, when general elections were held.
“Can’t you see that I am not sad or shaken by anything. I know eventually the truth shall be known. Martha Karua and I have seen a lot of injustice. We are dealing with very corrupt opponents who had planned to rig a long time ago. The truth shall set the Kenyan nation free. Please be patient.” The former Prime Minister claimed.
Cherera and other three commissioners deferred with the results announced on Monday declaring the president elect. William Ruto was handed the president elect certificate together with his running mate Rigathi Gachagua.
Instead of joining the meeting to announce the winner, they had their own press briefing at serena hotel where they claimed that the commission was opaque.
Despite the division, the four joined the meeting held by the independent commission to brief candidates from areas where elections were postponed.
The IEBC vice chair claimed that some commissioners were not included in decisions made by the commission. Even when the first arrival of ballot papers, the four commissioners were not updated.
“We talked amongst ourselves as commissioners and did what we call PR [a public relations exercise] to save face because we did not want the commission to be divided.”
“We tried to put pieces together despite the fact that, as a commission, we didn’t even know the first ballot papers were arriving. We were only made aware on the night before the arrival,” Ms Cherera said.
Cherera claimed she would not take responsibility of ballot papers in Kakamega, Mombasa and Kitui Rural because she was not part of their verification.
“We did not see Mombasa, Kakamega or Kitui Rural papers and so I cannot take responsibility for ballot papers that I was not part of [their] verification. I rest my case,” she said.
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