Serious questions have been raised about a press statement apparently issued by the IEBC to the newsrooms on Wednesday regarding the repeat presidential poll.
According to the Daily Nation,the draft statement from the commission was leaked to the media last night,just like the previous controversial memos.
In the statement,the IEBC invited all the eight candidates who took part in the August 8 presidential election to take part in the fresh poll.
Nasa candidate Raila Odinga, who had written to the electoral commission quitting the race,was effectively been put back on the ballot.
Homa Bay Women Rep was among a first section of leaders to flag the draft statement by virtue of the fact that it wasn’t signed by any IEBC commissioner as is standard procedure with such documents.
“Usually when we receive such statements from the IEBC, Wafula Chebukati will have signed, he hasn’t. The IEBC has become a tower of babel, we might be facing a situation where the commissioners did not agree and some of them decided to issue this statement,” Wanga said during an interview with Larry Madowo on NTV.
Kandara MP Alice Wahome was,however, quick to rubbish Mrs Wanga’s claims, arguing that Mr Chebukati’s signature was not mandatory.
“There is enough information to show the statement came from the IEBC but it is good practice to sign documents as serious as this one,” Wahome argued.
Speaking to a popular online magazine ,the IEBC Communications Manager Andrew Limo confirmed that the statement reflected the position of the commission, including its chair.
Limo further maintained that the signature was not mandatory routine since some of the statements are usually time sensitive.
“We have said even before, because of time sometimes the signature may not be there was not split,” Limo said as quoted by the Magazine.
The IEBC is yet to give a presser on the same statement.
After having meetings with its lawyers that went late into the night after Mr Odinga withdrew on Tuesday, the commissioners yesterday spent nearly eight hours in a meeting that was elongated by the High Court ruling that took them back to square one.
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