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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,30TH OCT 2017-The IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati has described the repeat election as a tedious and lengthy process.Speaking during the results announcement at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday evening,Chebuakti commended the commissioners for their efforts which saw the entire team deliver on their mandate.
He described as the “most difficult and legally unchartered waters” the fact that Kenya, first in Africa and the Commonwealth, and only the fourth in the world, had its presidential election annulled and a repeat poll done.
“I am satisfied that we were able to meet these conditions (I had set) to deliver what to us, and I believe, [to] observers, was a free, fair and credible election,” he saidi.
He said detailed steps were undertaken to ensure the election was okay and to address concerns from General Election where the Supreme Court annulled President Kenyatta’s win.
Mr Chebukati said that the election was run by a fresh team made of election staff from all over the country.
He added that conditions in 25 constituencies in Nyanza region made it impossible to hold the repeat election.
Speaking earlier in the day, IEBC Vice-Chairperson Consolata Nkatha said that voting in areas that did not hold elections will not affect the final result.
She said that a verification process had been completed in 266 constituencies where elections were held and that the commission, in accordance with Section 55(B)(3) of the Elections Act, directed that a return to the election be made, thus paving way for a president-elect to be declared.