IEBC changes date of repeat election to Oct 26

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.  PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG 

The electoral commission has changed the date for repeat presidential election occasioned by Supreme Court’s nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

The commission on Thursday said it had moved the poll from October 17 to October 26, 2017, just five days to the 60 days allowed by the Constitution.

In a brief statement, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati announced that the decision was taken to ensure the commission is fully prepared in light of the judgment of the Supreme Court which was delivered on Wednesday.
“There is no doubt that the judgment impacts on the election operations and in particular technology to be deployed,” Mr Chebukati said.
“In order to ensure that the commission is fully prepared to deliver an election that meets the standards set out by the Supreme Court, we wish to notify the public and all stakeholders that the fresh presidential election shall now be held on Thursday October 26, 2017,” the chairman added, further announcing that IEBC will issue more details on Friday on the state of preparedness.