IEBC slams Raila over 'misleading' comments

Azimio Raila Odinga Mombasa Abdulswamad Nassir

Azimio leader Raila Odinga during a meeting to drum up support for ODM gubernatorial candidate for Mombasa Abdulswamad Nassir (right) on August 24, 2022. 

Photo credit: Kevin Odit | Nation Media Group

The electoral agency has come out to issue a clarification to Kenyans while accusing Azimio presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga of uttering "misleading" statements to the public.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was responding to Mr Odinga's comments, made in Mombasa today, where he asked agency boss Wafula Chebukati to disqualify himself from overseeing the upcoming governor elections. 

"He should disqualify himself from presiding over Mombasa and Kakamega polls," he said Wednesday.

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The Azimio leader had also suggested that the same be overseen by his deputy Juliana Cherera

But IEBC, through its official Twitter handle, clarified that Mr Chebukati will not oversee the two gubernatorial polls. Rather, the agency said, they will be overseen by Returning Officers as per the law.

While meeting Azimio officials and supporters who had shown up to campaign for ODM Mombasa gubernatorial candidate Abdulswamad Nassir, Mr Odinga had said that Mr Chebukati should recuse himself. 

He accused the polls boss of "standing by injustices even as his commissioners deserted him."