Chabukati, commissioners can’t agree on the number of candidates for poll

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IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. PHOTO: CITYHERALD

The IEBC on Wednesday, October 11, said that all eight presidential candidates will participate in the October 26 election.

Through a statement, the poll agency said the decision was reached following the High Court ruling that granted Thirdway Alliance’s candidate, Ekuru Aukot, to vie in the fresh election.

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Statement by IEBC. /TWITTER

In his judgement, Justice John Mativo clarified a few things, including all the presidential aspirants in the annulled August 8 election have a right to contest in the fresh poll as it was a brand new exercise and not a run-off.

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A day earlier, the National Super Alliance presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, announced his withdrawal from the race saying the IEBC had refused to implement a raft of conditions presented by his coalition.

Raila exit threw the October 26 poll into confusion albeit temporarily as only one candidate, incumbent President Uhru Kenyatta, remained, but the High Court ruled in Aukot’s favour which offered clarity on the contentious issues.

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Now, Kenyans have raised their concerns regarding the statement by the commission on the number of candidates that should be included on the ballot as statements emanating from the commission are normally signed by chairman Wafula Chebukati. The Wednesday one, however, was just a general statement and lacked his signature which is unusual considering the magnitude of the decision.

The statement announced that the decision was arrived at fllowing lengthy deliberations amid word that the commissioners failed to reach a consensus on the number of candidates to be included.

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Zipo.co.ke has learnt that Chebukati was opposed to the idea of including the other candidates in the race and therefore refused to append his signature on the document but his fellow commissioners released it anyway.

The last part of Justice Mativo’s order reportedly caused the standoff:

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