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Wafula Chebukati Postpones Kakamega and Mombasa Governor Elections Again

Wafula Chebukati Postpones Kakamega and Mombasa Governor Elections Again

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has postponed governor, parliamentary, and ward elections for the second time after suspending them two weeks ago.

In a statement, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said the elections, which were scheduled for August 23, would be rescheduled for a later date to be announced via a gazette notice.

Gubernatorial elections in Mombasa and Kakamega counties are among those affected.

Adulswamad Shariff Nassir, the Mombasa Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) gubernatorial candidate, has slammed Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati for suspending elections in Mombasa County.

Nassir chastised Chebukati for calling off the elections indefinitely, citing IEBC officials’ harassment and persecution.

“Postponing the elections in Mombasa is a total abuse of office, such decisions cannot be made by an individual they have to be made by the commission,” Nassir stated.

The ODM candidate also claimed that the IEBC Chairman violated the Elections Act and that they will take the decision to court in order to have the polls held on August 23.

“The Elections Act is very clear as well as Article 55, elections can be postponed in the event of peace instability, Natural disaster or breach of malpractice,” Nassir Noted

Parliamentary elections


Parliamentary elections are also scheduled in Kitui Rural, Kacheliba, and Pokot South constituencies in West Pokot County, as well as Rongai Constituency in Nakuru County.

Voting for MCAS has also been suspended in Nyaki West ward (North Imenti Constituency in Meru County) and Kwa Njenga (Embakasi South in Nairobi County).

Mr Chebukati cited harassment of commission staff as the reason for the second postponement.

Assaulted


“During the announcement of the presidential results, the chairman Wafula Chebukati, commissioners Prof Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu, and CS/CEO Marjan Marjan were physically attacked, assaulted and injured by persons in the company of certain political leaders.


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“We call for the arrest and prosecution of these assailants regardless of their political affiliation.

“In view of the prevailing circumstances, the commission has postponed the by-elections slated for 23rd August 2022, to a date to be announced through a gazette notice,” Mr Chebukati said.

Wafula Chebukati Postpones Kakamega and Mombasa Governor Elections Again

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