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February 19, 2018

Give IEBC the space to deliver a real election

IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati speaks to the press at the National Tallying Centre in Bomas, August 9, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI
IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati speaks to the press at the National Tallying Centre in Bomas, August 9, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission yesterday began a two-day retreat in Naivasha in an effort to tackle its internal tumult since the Supreme Court repealed President Uhutu Kenyatta’s reelection on September 1.

The IEBC needs to put its house in order and deliver a Presidential election in 35 days in a process that meets all the constitutional requirements.

The IEBC’s actions and inactions over the next month are of the greatest national importance – they hold the country’s future and stability in their hands.

This responsibility demands that the IEBC’s workers be faithful to their oath of office and behave ethically and professionally in delivering the repeat Presidential election.

The IEBC needs to win Kenyans’ confidence and trust and the world is watching.

Sticking strictly to the Constitution, the IEBC will deliver a free, fair and credible election. Anything less than that does not bear thinking about: This time it must work.

The political class needs to give the commission the space and cooperation to prepare for this unprecedented election.


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