Burring the hatchet : Election materials: IEBC, DCI resolve stalemate over Venezuelans

Burring the hatchet : Election materials: IEBC, DCI resolve stalemate over Venezuelans

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,28TH JULY,2022-The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have resolved the stalemate involving two Venezuelans arrested at Jomo Kenyatta airport with election materials.

In a joint press briefing Thursday Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and his IEBC counterpart Chair Wafula Chebukati said the two government agencies had agreed to work together to ensure the election process runs smoothly.

The resolve by the two government agencies was reached following a mediation meeting between DCI boss, George Kinoti, and IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati, that was convened by the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai.

The two agencies have now assured the country of a free, fair and credible general election.

At the same time Mutyambai affirmed that 150,000 security personnel will be deployed across all polling stations in the country during the August 9 polls.

 

On Friday, 22nd July 2022, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), demanded the immediate release of the three Venezuelans who are employees of Smartmatic International B.V.

The three were arrested upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Venezuela despite the commission explaining to the security authorities that the three were in the country to execute a lawful contract relating to the deployment of technology in elections.

Chebukati in a statement said the three were responsible for deployment and management of election technology infrastructure.

Further, Chebukati noted that the Commission has a valid legal contract executed between itself and Smartmatic International B.V. for the supply, delivery, installation, testing, commissioning, support and maintaining of the Kenya Integrated Election Management System.

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