BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,4TH JUNE,2022-Deputy President William Ruto now says that his Kenya Kwanza outfit is confident that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will conduct free and fair elections come August.
Speaking after receiving a clearance certificate at the Bomas of Kenya on Saturday, the deputy president said that he and his team would work together with the commission to ensure that the electoral process would be seamless.
Contrary to his recent remarks where the DP castigated the commission accusing it of attempting to sabotage the election and misconduct, DP Ruto hailed the commission’s chair exuding confidence that he would deliver credible elections.
“Our Returning officer, Wafula Chebukati, I want to say that Kenya Kwanza has confidence in the IEBC. We are confident that you are up to the task and confident that my team in Kenya Kwanza and I will work with you diligently so that we can have a credible, free fair, democratic and verifiable elections,” Ruto said.
“Anytime you need our co-operation or in any way, our support, my chair, I want to tell you we are available.”
Ruto, while in a meeting with the European Union, claimed the commission had omitted the names of about 800,000 from the voter’s register.
In regard to his earlier assertions, the DP rescinded his earlier allegations, underscoring that he was hopeful the IEBC will not lean towards any specific candidate come August.
“We have informed IEBC that we have confidence in what they do we have also discussed with them about the 800,000 voters who had been moved,” said DP Ruto.
“They have confirmed to us that they are aware of the complaint and they will sort it out and we have confidence they will do so.”
In his response, the IEBC chairman urged the UDA leader to commit to the code of conduct signed of upholding peaceful elections and adhering to the guidelines of the IEBC.
He similarly called on the candidates to engage the commission directly instead of talking about their grievances in the media.
“Please observe the code of conduct. From time to time you have said you have a team that will be working with our team, so when I call for a meeting, ensure you come as I am good for the preparations of the elections,” Chebukati said.
He added: “We are committed and we keep an open door policy; if there are issues please contact us, see us. We don’t want to see in the media that the IEBC is not doing this and that, engage us and we shall respond.”
At the same time, Ruto appointed Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki as his chief agent to aid in promoting a cordial relationship with the electoral body.
DP Ruto also named Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok and UDA secretary-general Veronica Maina to assist in the same process.