IN SUMMARY:

  • A number of concerns has been raised regarding the statement issued by IEBC regarding the number of candidates to vie in the fresh poll.
  • The statement was reached after the high court ordered that Ekuru Aukot be allowed to vie in the October repeat poll
  • The statement issued lacked the Chairman’s signature
  • Source says that Chebukati was opposed to the high court ruling thus refused to sign the statement.

The Independent electoral and boundaries commission, in an announcement made on Wednesday October 11, announced that all the eight presidential will participate in the October 26th repeat presidential elections.

According to a statement by the commission, the decision was reached after the high court directed that Ekuru Eukot be allowed to vie in the repeat poll.

The IEBC statement (PHOTO/COURTESY)

Justice John Mativo also ruled that all the presidential aspirants in the annulled August 8 election have a right to contest on Thursday, October 26.

However, a number of concerns has been raised regarding the statement issued by IEBC regarding the number of candidates to vie in the fresh poll.

Normally, statements from the commission are signed by the chairman, Wafula Chebukati. However, this was a general statement, lacking the signature of the chairman. Instead, it was a plain statement that announced the decision arrived at after immense deliberations.

Sources from the IEBC said that Chebukati was opposed to the decision to include the other candidates in the race. He therefore refused to sign the statement, but his fellow commissioners went ahead and released it anyway.

Questions raised on IEBC decision that allowed all 8 presidential candidates to participate in fresh election