Wafula Chebukati Under The Microscope Ahead Of 2022 General Elections

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati

Questions linger as to whether IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and his team are ready to conduct free and fair elections, free of any malpractices and blunders as witnessed during the last elections held in 2017

The Supreme Court of Kenya ordered a repeat Presidential election in 2017 at a huge cost, a burden to the taxpayer that must be avoided

By The Weekly Vision

All eyes are now set on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as voters and politicians put the electoral agency under microscopic scrutiny ahead of the August 9th 2022 general elections. The point is whether IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and his team are ready to conduct free and fair elections, free of any malpractices and blunders as witnessed during the last elections held in 2017.

The Commission should have deployed experienced personnel at all the constituencies and wards across the country by now, The Weekly Vision has been told by sources within IEBC, that there are issues that need to be addressed urgently to make the agency conduct a smooth electoral process come August. Questions also linger as to whether the agency secured reliable and un-compromisable electronic voting kits.

Mr Chebukati held a pre-candidate registration meeting for Presidential aspirants
at the Bomas Of Kenya last week

There is also the crucial matter of ballot papers that should not be easily breached and the critical question of ballot papers, voting kits and other materials required for the excise arriving on time and being secured at all the gazette polling stations across the country. 

 Azimio’s DP nominee Martha Karua asked the IEBC to ensure that it does not commit massive blunders as witnessed during the last general elections which were riddled with massive irregularities. The Irregularities were flagged by the Supreme Court then led by Justice Maraga who declared the Presidential elections Null and Void

As we all know, elections in Kenya are an extremely expensive affair, the process will cost the already heavily burdened taxpayer billions of shillings. The cost issue is enough reason for the agency to get it right this time around and avoid the mistake made in 2017 when the Supreme Court of Kenya ordered a repeat Presidential election as a result of the mistakes made by the IEBC. The Supreme Court ordered a repeat Presidential election in 2017 at a huge cost, a burden to the taxpayer that must be avoided.

Some of the Presidential candidates during this year’s elections at a meeting with Mr Chebukati last week pressed the chairman and his team at IEBC to assure Kenyans that they will conduct a credible and flawless election in August. At a different forum, Azimio’s DP nominee Martha Karua asked the IEBC to ensure that it does not commit massive blunders as witnessed during the last general elections which were riddled with massive irregularities. The Irregularities were flagged by the Supreme Court then led by Justice Maraga who declared the Presidential elections Null and Void; for the first time in the country’s voting history.

The mistakes committed by IEBC in 2017 were highly sensitive that directly threatened the stability and security of the country; it could easily have led to chaos and violence last witnessed in the aftermath of the 2007 general elections. The stakes in 2017 were so high that none other than the then IEBC Chief in charge of ICT Ezra Chiloba was kidnapped within the precincts of the commission’s headquarters and brutally murdered by unknown people. His body was found dumped on the roadside in Kiambu County and the case has never been resolved.

Even after the elections are over, the ballot papers, kits and other materials must remain guarded jealously against tempering for years on end, because petitions will arrive disputing the announced results

IEBC should also ensure that candidates’ polling agents and or representatives deployed at the polling stations have the freedom to ensure that there is no monkey business being executed against the voters Polling agents represent Presidential candidates, the National Assembly, the Senate, Gubernatorial and Ward Representatives of Members of the County Assemblies seats at each polling station.

Even after the elections are over, the ballot papers, kits and other materials must remain guarded jealously against tempering for years on end, because petitions will arrive disputing the announced results. It must also not be forgotten that IEBC’s predecessor the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) was disbanded in disgrace and its then chairman the late Samuel Kivuitu consigned to oblivion until his eventual demise for conducting a massively flawed election that triggered the post-2007 general elections deadly violence.

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