IEBC Appoints a Seven Member Team for Presidential Election Repeat
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC has made changes ahead of repeat presidential election by appointing a seven member team to oversee the 17th October 2017 election.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukat said the appointment will last for three months and takes immediate effect.
This takes place few days after the supreme court nullified president Uhuru’s re-election, ordering a fresh presidential election in 60 days.
IEBC is said to have overlooked the constitution, committing various illegalities affecting integrity of polls,according to Chief Justice David Maraga.The supreme court therefore made a declaration that President Uhuru Kenyatta was not validly declared the president-elect and the declaration by IEBC “is invalid, null and void.”
Four out of six Supreme Court judges upheld arguments by the National Super Alliance candidate Raila Odinga that the August 8 presidential election did not meet the constitutional and legal threshold in a bold decision whose reverberations will be felt in the country and the African continent for a long time.
Justice Jackton Ojwang’ and Justice Njoki Ndung’u dissented.
“A declaration is hereby issued that the presidential election held on August 8, 2017, was not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the applicable law rendering the declared result invalid, null and void,” Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Justice Smokin Wanjala and Justice Isaac Lenaola decreed.
The Chief Justice said that what they read was not a ruling but a court determination, adding that the court would give a comprehensive ruling i n 21 days.