Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that the commission’s proceedings will be recorded in a Hansard in future to avoid some commissioners disowning what has been agreed upon.
Speaking at a meeting with candidates contesting in the Migori senatorial by-election Chebukati, stated some commissioners in the past come out to disown agreements reached, causing division within the electoral commission.
He maintained that the commission had undergone several reforms processes to ensure they held better elections.
The IEBC Chairman further assured Migori County residents that the Senatorial by-election to be held on October 8 would be free and fair.
“We have brought in a new team led by Ruth Kulundu who was the Siaya County election manager in the August 2017 general election and other electoral officials in order to ensure that there is not an element of doubt over their impartiality in the by-election,” Chebukati stated.
He further added that the commission was determined to ensure that the Migori People hold a free, fair and peaceful by-election.
Chebukati also called on all the six candidates to ensure they adhered to the electoral code of conduct in order to avoid being disqualified from participating.
Orange Democratic Movement candidate Ochillo Ayacko, Federal Party of Kenya Eddy Oketch, and Independent candidates Ogolla Ogolla and Samuel Otieno attended the meeting.
However, Peoples Democratic Party candidate Solomon Hodo and his Green Congress Party Peter Jobando were absent but sent representatives.
The August 8 elections revealed frailties and sharp political differences within the IEBC which may have largely contributed to the election mishap and resignation of some commissioners.
Reports had leaked claiming there were major boardroom disagreements among top commission officials who accused each other of either lacking the spine and worst being agents of the major political formations, Jubilee and NASA.