IEBC fires presiding officers lined up for MCA nomination

Governor Moses Akaranga (centre) during PPK meeting. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Governor Moses Akaranga (centre) during PPK meeting. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has terminated contracts for four presiding officers after it was established they are gazetted for possible nomination to the Vihiga county assembly by the Amani National Congress (ANC) party.

The move follows a complaint lodged with the commission by Governor Moses Akaranga’s Progressive Party of Kenya (PPK). Deputy county returning officer Charles Avedi said the commission had replaced the officers after establishing the claims by PPK as true.

“We found their names on the gazetted list of nomination and quickly resolved to terminate their services,” Mr Avedi said at the county tallying centre at Chavakali High School.

“We have already communicated to PPK through a letter informing them of the action we have taken.”

 PPK had writen to the IEBC raising concern that the commission had employed nominees and candidates of ANC as presiding officers, deputy presiding officers and clerks.

PPK termed this a “rigging plot” and demanded that their services be terminated.

Mr Avedi further noted that preparations for the election were complete and assured that the commission was ready to deliver free, fair and credible polls.

He said the election materials had been distributed across the five constituency offices adding that IEBC officials were well-versed with the technology to be used for the polls.