IEBC denies sabotaging BBI through slow signature verification

Chebukati says internet interruptions at Bomas being handled by management.

In Summary

•He was responding to Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, who early on Thursday had accused IEBC of intentionally delaying the signature verification process.

•Junet, who is the BBI secretariat co-chairman said there was no internet connectivity in Bomas of Kenya on Monday and Tuesday which hampers the progress of the process.

IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati. /HEZRON NJOROGE
IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati. /HEZRON NJOROGE
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IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has dismissed claims that the commission is maliciously slowing down the progress of the BBI signature verification process.

In a statement on Thursday, Chebukati said the accusations of sabotage are unfortunate and untrue.

He was responding to Suna East Mp Junet Mohamed, who early on Thursday had accused IEBC of intentionally delaying the signature verification process.

Junet, who is the BBI secretariat co-chairman said there was no internet connectivity in Bomas of Kenya on Monday and Tuesday which hampers the progress of the process.

Defending the commission, Chebukati acknowledged that there were some internet hitches which were swiftly addressed by the Bomas management.

"The commission leased with Bomas of Kenya for the purposes of verification exercise. In accordance with the contractual obligations, the facility is expected to provide uninterrupted power supply and internet connectivity to enable data capture and verification process," Chebukati said.

"The commission acknowledges having experienced intermittent internet connectivity challenges on the material dates at the facility occasioned by system upgrade of the bandwidth and power outages. However, the issue was formally brought to the attention of Bomas of Kenya management for quick action and the same addressed." 

The secretariat had decried the slow pace of verification of the 4.2 million signatures the Bridges campaigners presented to the IEBC last month.

 Junet said they were disturbed by the turn of events.

The lawmaker cautioned the IEBC not to subject them to another round of protests in a push to remove the commissioners.

IEBC, in its January 8 update on the verification, said they had captured 544,624 records – being above 50 per cent of the required one million signatures.