The Independent Electoral abd Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has given response to Thirdway Alliance Kenya party leader Ekuru Aukot’ complaints about the ‘illegal’ presidential candidates nomination process.
In his petition filed to IEBC, Aukot demanded for a fresh presidential candidates nominations as the current one did not follow the law as claimed in the letter content.
Aukot cited bias and unconstitutionality in the entire nomination process after he was not cleared to run for the presidency in the August 9 General Election alongs Safina party leader Jimmy Wanjigi.
In bis Thursday’s statement, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati clarified the nomination process was done in accordance with provisions in the Regulation 18 of the Elections (General) regulations of 2012.
“The commission’s actions were guided by the mandatory provisions of the law, prevailing at the particular point in time. Consequently the decisions cannot be, by any stretch of imagination, be termed as unconstitutional,” wrote Chebukati.
Chebukati further dismissed Aukot’s demands, terming them as misinformation.
“We find it is quite misinformed, irresponsible, unreasonable and indeed ignorant of you to accuse the Commission, and specially the Chairman, of having violated the Constitution.”
The IEBC boss remained adamant that there will be four presidential candidates on the ballot despite Aukot disputing the initial nomination process.
“As long as the commission’s actions are guided by the constitution and the law, we shall neither cower nor be intimidated by any person who is hell bent on derailing our constitutional mandate,” added Chebukati.
Meanwhile, Ekuru Aukot was against the IEBC mandatory requirement of presidential aspirants presenting copies of national identity cards from at least 24 devolved units, crying foul over malice and bias from IEBC.