IEBC Suspends Kakamega, Mombasa Gubernatorial Elections

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission suspended the gubernatorial elections in Kakamega and Mombasa counties on Monday, August 8.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati explained during a press conference at Bomas of Kenya that the decision was made after the commission discovered that the ballot papers contained inaccurate candidate information.

“We wish to inform the country that ballot papers for Kakamega county governor have wrong pictures of candidates and their details printed on them. Mombasa gubernatorial ballot papers had wrong pictures and details printed on them.”The election in these positions has been suspended to a later date which will be communicated through a gazette notice,” Chebukati stated.

Chebukati also announced that the National Assembly elections in Kacheliba and Pokot South constituencies had been postponed.

“Ballot papers for Kacheliba constituency have wrong member of National Assembly candidates’ pictures and their images printed on them,” he added.

He also addressed the issue of ballot papers belonging to different wards being delivered to the wrong polling stations, noting that the commission had acted quickly to address the situation.

“The commission has since re-routed the ballot papers to the rightful places using air transport contracted to facilitate such emergencies,” he noted.

The IEBC boss also claimed that ballot papers for five constituencies were sent to Chuka Ingambeng’ombe in Tharaka Nithi county by mistake.

He said county assembly ballot papers for Mua ward in Machakos county were erroneously sent to Kuresoi constituency in Nakuru county.

Chebukati said ballots for Tiaty women rep in Baringo county were also sent to Lamu county.

“The commission has since rerouted the ballot paper pellets to the right places using air transport contracted to facilitate such emergencies,” he said.