NAIROBI, Kenyans go to the polls Thursday for the second time in three months to elect their president after the results of the vote for President in the Aug 8 general election were annulled by the country’s Supreme Court which ordered a fresh vote between the two main candidates — incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the candidate of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced Wednesday that the repeat election will be held on Thursday as scheduled. IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati said polling stations across the country would open at 6 am and close at 5 pm, local time.
Addressing the media in Nairobi on the electoral body’s state of preparedness, he said the rfresh election would go ahead without interruption, based on assurances given by the country’s relevant security agencies.
In cases where there are problems in voting, polling officers will inform us and polling will be postponed to a later date, he added.
Chebukati also said that the commission had consulted with the Inspector-General of Police and the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) and agreed that police brutality against protestors must stop and officers put on notice.
The Supreme Court ordered fresh presidential polls last month after the Aug 8 presidential election results were nullified because of irregularities and illegalities.
President Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, has also stressed that voting will go ahead as scheduled although Odinga has urged his supporters to boycott the polls, claiming the IEBC has not met his demands for free, fair and credible elections.
The opposition has vowed to mobilize its supporters across the country to block the fresh presidential election.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK