NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 16 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has once again reached out to both the Jubilee and NASA coalitions in a bid to address their concerns ahead of the repeat Presidential election slated for October 17.
The commission on Friday said it will be seeking to hold a joint meeting next week that will focus on the poll preparations, amid reports of a possible change of date due to strict timelines to conduct a credible election.
An electoral commission official was quoted Saturday by a local newspaper saying the French firm that provided the biometric kits had indicated that it needs more time to reconfigure the kits supplied for the August 8elections before they can be used in the fresh poll.
“The Commission has reached out to both NASA and Jubilee for a joint meeting next week on poll preparations, to update and address concerns,” IEBC tweeted read.
Capital FM News has also established that commissioners are also planning an urgent meeting with the two presidential candidates Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga to update them on the progress made so far—including the possibility of having to change the election date that will still fall within the 60 days time frame set out by the constitution and as ordered by the Supreme Court.
A planned joint meeting between the IEBC, NASA and the Jubilee Party aborted on Tuesday week after representatives from both sides arrives at different times.
NASA leaders, led by Raila Odinga, had waited for 50 minutes and later walked out of the meeting, protesting Jubilee’s lateness.
NASA has threatened to boycott the election unless the Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba is hounded out of office alongside several other officials accused of bungling the August 8 election that was nullified by the Supreme Court in a historic decision hailed worldwide.
But Chiloba has said he will not quit because the full ruling that will show the omissions or commissions each of is accused of committing is not out.
The ruling is expected on or before September 21 as pledged by Chief Justice David Maraga.