Chebukati hopes amendments of election laws won’t affect preparations

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has said that the amendments to the Election laws shouldn’t affect preparations for the fresh polls. While addressing the press at Bomas of Kenya, Chebukati said more laws aren’t needed, “As we speak we have identified the areas we need to work on. We have trained our staff and as we speak we don’t need any law to help us move forward,” he said, adding that changes to laws would affect the training manuals IEBC has come up with and other procurement processes, “A lot of processes and engagements must be done.”

On the issue of the meeting set up by the electoral body, meant to bring together Jubilee and NASA leaders, Chebukati said the intention was clear, “We felt that for the purposes of engaging parties, stopping any misunderstanding and for the purposes of transparency, the Commission decided to have this meeting,” he said, saying the meeting didn’t go on as planned because of the parliament session.

However, he reiterated that no matter what happens, IEBC will conduct elections on the set date, which is 26th October, adding that they will deal with the issue of procuring ballot papers, “When it comes to procuring of ballot papers it’s up to the Commission to make the final decision,” he said.