IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati. [Photo: IEBC]
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has dismissed claims by the National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga, that the printing of ballot papers for the August 8 polls, has already began.
IEBC awarded Dubai-based Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC firm, the tender. Nasa however wants it cancelled, citing government links, in favour of president Uhuru Kenyatta, who seeks a re-election.
“We have noted with concern comments attributed to Hon Raila Odinga that Presidential ballot papers have been printed and that he shall seek judicial redress on the award of the printing ballot papers to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC,” said IEBC.
Chairman Wafula Chebukati indicated the exercise had not started, and would possibly kick off, Friday June 23, with presidential ballot papers printing would start July 18.
“For avoidance of doubt, the printing of ballot papers has not started. We expect it to commence from Friday, 23 June 2017. However, the printing of ballot papers for presidential elections, shall commence around 18th July 2017,” Chebukati clarified.
In a press briefing, the IEBC boss said the Commission had invited key players to participate in monitoring the ballot paper printing process.
“We have learnt through press reports that some of the political players, including Nasa and Jubilee have declined our invitation and will not attend. We encourage all stakeholders to support the process.”
He however raised concern that if any institution or Kenyan goes to court to stop the printing of the ballot papers, the August polls will likely be affected, due to insufficient time.
“We are also aware that any Kenyan has the constitutional right to seek redress from the courts in matters that they feel aggrieved. However, we wish to remind Kenyans that with 47 days to the general elections, court processes that seek to stop key milestones in the remaining days will no doubt affect the election date,” Chebukati told journalists, Wednesday June 21.