IEBC To Meet Presidential Candidates

The invitation comes after parties objected to the printing of the second set of form 34A after teams accompanying IEBC officials to Greece to observe the printing process raised questions about why they were printing two sets of form 34A.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will hold a consultative meeting with presidential candidates and their agents on Friday to address concerns about the printing of forms 34 A and 34 B.

In a letter copied to William Ruto (Kenya Kwanza), Raila Odinga (Azimio), George Wajackoyah (Roots Party), and David Waihiga (Agano Party), the electoral body’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marjan Hussein Marjan requested that the presidential candidates appear before the electoral body at the Bomas of Kenya.

“The Commission has taken note of concerns raised by some of the representatives of Presidential candidates regarding printing of results forms 34 A and 34 B. The purpose of this letter is to invite you and/or your representatives to a consultative meeting, to address the concerns raised, on Friday 29th July 2022 at the Bomas of Kenya at 11:00 am,” Marjan said.

The invitation comes after parties objected to the printing of the second set of form 34A after teams accompanying IEBC officials to Greece to observe the printing process raised questions about why they were printing two sets of form 34A.

The United Democratic Alliance party representative urged the IEBC to call an emergency meeting to clear the air on the matter, which was supported by Raila Odinga’s representative, Paul Mwangi.

“There is no room for the commission to exercise any discretion in this matter. The commission must print Form 34Bs on the same footing as it has printed Form 34A,” Mwangi stated in his letter.

The first shipment of Presidential ballot papers arrived in the country at 10 a.m., just days after representatives from the four presidential candidates, as well as other stakeholders, traveled to Greece to witness the printing of the ballot papers.

The commission received ballot papers for the other elective positions a fortnight ago, as the electoral agency rushes to get everything ready for the August 9 general elections.