IEBC Sued For Postponing Kakamega Gubernatorial Elections

The Kakamega High Court has received a petition from Fernandes Barasa challenging the postponement of the Kakamega gubernatorial election.

IEBC Sued For Postponing Kakamega Gubernatorial Elections
Fernandes Barasa

Barasa and his running mate Ayub Savula have requested that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) be ordered to hold the election on August 23 as originally planned in a case filed in court on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

Barasa stated that Kakamega is peaceful and prepared for elections while rejecting Chebukati's accusations.

"We are upset by the decision by Chebukati because we are ready for the elections on August 23. We had a meeting with Joseph Ayata the county returning officer who told us all is set," Barasa stated.

He claimed there was a plan to force "unpopular" Kenya Kwanza Alliance leaders on the Kakamega population.

Barasa and Savula advised the Kakamega residents to maintain their composure as the court proceedings went on, exuding confidence that they would win the governor's seat.

The Azimio leaders accused IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati of meddling in the county politics when they spoke to the media in Kakamega town.

According to Barasa, the electorate is ready to cast their votes and should be permitted to do so.

The candidate claimed that the Kakamega county IEBC returning officer had told gubernatorial candidates from opposing political parties that they were prepared to hold the poll the next week given the county's current state of peace.

According to Chebukati, the commission decided to postpone the elections indefinitely due to harassment of the commission's staff while they were carrying out their duties.

The initial date for the elections was August 9 but IEBC postponed the gubernatorial seat elections in Kakamega following a mix-up with the ballot papers.