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Chebukati Says IEBC Yet To Make Decision On Supreme Court Ruling Knocking Out Sonko

IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati says the electoral body has yet to deliberate on a Friday ruling in which the Supreme Court upheld Mike Sonko’s December 2020 impeachment as constitutional.

The ruling locked out Sonko, who was eyeing the Mombasa Governor’s seat, from participating in the August polls since impeached statesmen are legally barred from occupying elective seats.

All eyes shifted to IEBC following the announcement since the body had on Thursday cleared the former Nairobi County boss to participate in the polls after the High Court ordered the agency to gazette Sonko’s name among the Mombasa gubernatorial candidates.

Speaking to members of the press on Saturday, Chebukati revealed that IEBC would give its stance on Sonko’s fate in the coming days after holding internal discussions.

“I have not had time to look at the judgment of the Supreme Court and discuss it with my team as a commission. We shall look at the issue and maybe get back on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week. We have not had time to navigate this issue,” said Chebukati.

He also expressed optimism that next month’s polls will proceed without any hitches noting that IEBC is still training officials who will be tasked with overseeing the voting process.

“We are still training officials. The training is very important because these officials, especially temporary ones, such as presiding officers and clerks are going to run the election so it is good they understand their role and code of conduct,” said the IEBC boss.

“The commission is ready to deliver the elections in August and ours is just to ask Kenyans to turn up on that day to exercise their democratic rights.”

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