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Chebukati says allegations of scheming to sabotage bbi false

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IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati (File Photo)

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati says allegations that the commission is sabotaging the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) signature verification process is not only unfortunate but also completely false.

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The allegations were made on Wednesday by BBI Secretariat co-chair and National Assembly Minority Whip Hon. Junet Mohamed.

In a statement Thursday, Chebukati says the process of signature verification is part of the IEBC’s mandate as articulated in Article 257 of the Constitution and therefore the Commission cannot sabotage it.

Adding that the Commission has deployed its best human resources to manage the process and the same confirmed by Junet and his BBI co-chair when they visited the Bomas of Kenya facility on 8th January 2021.

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“The Commission’s attention has been drawn to Hon. Junet meeting with the youth on 13th January 2021 and televised in major television stations in the country as well as the local dailies today, casting aspersion and falsehood on the Commission regarding the progress of the BBI Signature verification process. In particular, he accused the Commission of “being part of the scheme that is sabotaging BBI” and that “there was no internet connectivity in Bomas of Kenya on Monday and Tuesday this week which hampers the progress of the signature verification”. Said Chebukati.

The chair noted that the Commission leased the Bomas  of  Kenya  facility for purposes  of  the verification exercise and thus in accordance with the contractual obligations, the facility was expected to provide uninterrupted power supply and internet connectivity to enable data capture and verification process.

“The Commission acknowledges having experienced intermittent internet connectivity challenges on the material dates at the facility occasioned by system upgrade of the bandwidth and power outages. However, the issue was formally brought to the attention of Bomas of Kenya management for quick action and the same addressed.” He noted

He assured all stakeholders and the general public that the exercise is going on as expected and that the Commission is committed to ensuring that the process is completed within the shortest time possible.

As at close of business on Friday January 8, the Commission had captured data of 544,624 records.

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