• Machoka said the guidelines governing the debates were developed in 2017, tested and validated through various processes, and remain a public document.
• He reassured the public and stakeholders in the electoral process that they will deliver quality issue-based Presidential and Deputy Presidential Debates.
Presidential Debate Secretariat on Friday assured aspirants of fairness and accountability in this year's event.
The head of the secretariat Clifford Machoka said the guidelines governing the debates were developed in 2017, tested and validated through various processes, and remain a public document.
"The debates embody the principles of fairness, integrity, independence and accountability as enshrined in the Presidential Debates Guidelines," he said.
He also hit at Kenya Kwanza presidential campaign team for advising William Ruto to withdraw from the debate.
He insisted that the stakeholders invited to map their expectations include the WSR Presidential Campaign.
"Indeed, for us to take our country forward, it behooves us to work together rather than threaten processes that are important to the country," he said.
He added that planning for the debates has been underway since 2021 and is currently at very advanced stages.
Machoka said the organization will make announcements on how Kenyans can participate in the event.
"In these consultations, we will continue to ensure the debates are as inclusive and representative as possible," he said.
Machoka pointed out the debates provide avenues for clarity of priorities, public policies, ideas and other development aspects key to the Kenyan people.
He assured the public and stakeholders in the electoral process that they will deliver quality issue-based Presidential and Deputy Presidential Debates.
He added it will help enable Kenyans in the decision making process and effective participation in the election.
This comes a day after Ruto announced that he will not be a party to the debate.
A press statement by Ruto's presidential campaign director of communications Hussein Mohamed stated the debate would be meaningless in a partisan media environment.
"We have noted with much concern the repeated and continued bias and propaganda in a section of Kenya’s mainstream media in abuse of statutory terms of license and violations of constitutional freedoms," he said.
"Under the current partisan media environment, we have advised our candidate against participating in the presidential debate."