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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,25TH OCT 2017-The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has said that Thursday’s presidential election will go ahead as scheduled.
Addressing the press at the Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday October 25th,IEBC chair Wfula Chebukati says , Eventhough the court earlier on in the day had said that all constituency returning officers were illegally appointed Justice George Odunga did not quash the appointment of the same Officers and their deputies .
The case challenging the appointment of the officers was filed by human rights activists Khelef Khalifa and Hassan Abdi was seeking to have the appointment of Returning Officers and their deputies quashed, saying their appointments were not done in accordance with the law.
Chebukati also commended on the distribution of ballot papers in areas perceived as NASA stronghold which has had issues for the better part of the day saying should the commission find it difficult to do so in time the returning officer may postpone the exercise to a latter date.Chebukati has however said the majority of the parts in the country had received voting materials ready for Thursday’s voting.”As far as we are concerned most of the parts of the country we have already been able to distribute ballot papers and others materials, we are currently compiling statistics we will make it known to the public soon”.he said.
The commission has had difficulty distributing materials in most parts seen as opposition stronghold with residents barricading roads and making it hard to transport the ballot papers.Such areas include Migori county,Kisumu and even Homabay.