IEBC To Meet Presidential Hopefuls For Crisis Talks
The IEBC is today expected to hold a crisis meeting with all president hopefuls over the procurement of presidential ballot papers.
With only 29 days left to the election, the IEBC is making efforts to ensure it prepares adequately for the August 8 General Election.
The electoral agency says it resolved to meet the eight candidates following the judgment by the High Court that it start afresh the procurement of ballot papers.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said the meeting slated for 11am is meant to seek their views on sourcing of the election materials.
He said the agency has invited citizens to submit memoranda on the matter by tomorrow before holding a public hearing meeting on Wednesday.
Chebukati, however, said the commission will appeal the High Court decision on public participation in procurement.
“We regret this decision given the urgency to prepare for a free, fair and credible election in the next 30 days. The High Court dismissed most of the allegations against the decision of the commission to award the tender to Al Ghurair printing and publishing,” he said.
Chebukati continued, “The order by the court was solely based on the reason that there was no public participation during the direct award of the tender to Al Ghurair. This is the very novell.”
The IEBC boss said the judgment has far-reaching implications on the election, adding the agency instructed its advocates to appeal the decision.
“The commission wishes to assure Kenyans it is making all efforts to ensure all processes are in place to deliver a free, fair and credible election,” he said.
The judges held that even though the IEBC met NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and JP secretary general Raphael Tuju, it still did not meet other presidential candidates before awarding the contract to the Dubai-based firm. The ruling did not affect the ongoing printing of other ballots by Al Ghurair.
Yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta lashed out at the opposition, accusing it of intimidating the courts and the IEBC to sabotage the forthcoming Election.
Speaking in Kabartonjo, Baringo, Uhuru maintained the August 8 Election date will not be changed, despite intimidation from NASA.
It is still unclear whether Uhuru, Raila and other candidates will attend the meeting in person or will send representatives.
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