•Chebukati expressed disappointment in the arrests saying their detention is tantamount to intimidation ahead of the August 9, polls.
•The three Venezuelans were arrested in July at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport but Chebukati defended them.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera now says Chairman Wafula Chebukati did not consult them while making comments on the arrest of the three Venezuelans.
Cherera said this in a response to the presidential election petition filed by Azimio leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua.
In an affidavit seen by the Star, Cherera said Chebukati's comment was solely done.
"The chairperson did not consult the commission before issuing the statement and or engaging in a public spat with security agencies ostensibly on behalf of the commission," she said.
The three Venezuelans were arrested in July at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport but Chebukati defended them.
Chebukati said they were "key personnel responsible for deployment and management of election technology infrastructure".
Chebukati expressed disappointment in the arrests saying their detention is tantamount to intimidation ahead of the August 9, polls.
The three personnel, who are employees of Smartmatic International B.V., were put behind bars upon arrival at JKIA from Venezuela.
"The brazen decision of the security authorities to arrest, detain and confine in a solitary hideout the three personnel without justification, is an exhibition of intimidation on hardworking persons who are only keen to deliver a robust technology infrastructure for conduct of a credible, secure and verifiable election," Chebukati said in a press release seen by the Star.