IEBC denies Joho certificate withheld, to get it Saturday

August 12, 2017 1:19 pm
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The Commission says the paperwork took too long and that both he and the Mombasa Returning Officer agreed to meet at 2pm Saturday for the issuance of the certificate/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 12 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has denied claims that it refused to give Mombasa Governor-elect Hassan Joho his victory certificate.

The Commission says the paperwork took too long and that both he and the Mombasa Returning Officer agreed to meet at 2pm Saturday for the issuance of the certificate.

Joho had claimed that refusal by the Returning Officer to give issue his certificate was on orders from above.

Joho defeated Hassan Omar of Wiper and Suleiman Shahbal of the Jubilee Party.

Meanwhile, the IEBC has gazetted President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto as winners of the presidential election conducted on Tuesday.

In a gazette notice published Friday, IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the two were duly elected as President and Deputy President having fulfilled the threshold set under Article 138 (4) of the Constitution which requires that a candidate gets more than half the number of votes cast countrywide and at least 25 per cent of the vote in half the number of counties.

Kenyatta won 8,203,290 votes against National Super Alliance’s candidate Raila Odinga’s 6,762,224 and met the 25 per cent requirement in 35 counties compared to Odinga’s 29.

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