IEBC speaks on fake ballots printed by Jubilee

The new revelation by IEBC comes after Mr Odinga said that Jubilee had stocked ballot papers in Industrial Area.

Earlier, Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga had accused Jubilee’s chief poll agent and former IEBC commissioner Mr Davis Chirchir and another individual of orchestrating a plan to print ballot papers at a Mombasa Road printer.

Mr Odinga on Tuesday claimed that the ballot papers for the repeat polls had already been printed and stored in Nairobi’s Industrial Area.

In a rejoinder to the claims made by Mr Odinga, however, IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC will accommodate all August 8 candidates who want to run again, and dispelled former Prime Minister’s sentiments about the ballot papers.

Despite the intention to quit the race, Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga failed to fill a requisite Form 24A to enhance the processing of his plan to quit race.

Those expected to be on the ballot are Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta, NASA’s Raila Odinga, UDP’s Cyrus Jirongo, Ekuru Aukot (Thirdway Alliance), Michael Wainaina (independent) Japheth Kaluyu (independent), Abduba Dida (Alliance for Real Change) and Joe Nyagah (independent).

On Tuesday, Raila sent a letter of withdrawal from forthcoming rerun to the IEBC.

Ms Akombe said the High Court decision on Wednesday allowing all former candidates to run again does not alter key poll timelines.

“In terms of preparation, we have looked at, we will be able to do all we need to do before that date,” she said.

“The only area to be impacted is the electronic transmission of results and we are working with our service providers on how that can be adjusted.”

On Wednesday, in an interview with Radio Jambo at his Karen home, Raila said the opposition has reliable information that some ballot papers had been printed and were to be stuffed in boxes during the election.

He said there is photographic evidence of Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju and chief agent Davis Chirchir entering a godown in Industrial Area to inspect the printing.

“If you go there right now, you will find the papers. What they wanted to do is fill them and stuff them in ballot boxes and say these are the votes,” he said.

She added: “That is one of the reasons we withdrew. These are thieves and we cannot go to an election whose outcome is already known.”

Raila spoke a day after he withdrew, saying the IEBC has stonewalled any attempts to initiate reforms necessary for a free and fair election.

Akombe also denied claims she was considering resigning. Yesterday, multiple sources said resignations were possible. “As you can see, I’m at work,” she said.

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