Four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials were arrested on Sunday, August 7, after they were found holding a closed-door meeting at a parliamentary aspirant’s home in Homa Bay county.
The officials include a presiding officer, two deputy presiding officers and a clerk. The four had been recruited by the commission to man over Kwabwai and Kanyadoto wards.
Media reports indicated that the county residents got wind of the secret meeting and rushed to the politician’s home in order to disrupt the gathering.
The four election officials were later frog-matched to the nearby police station. Some election officials at the scene, however, managed to escape from the house in due time before they were nabbed by the irate residents.
Witnesses at the scene alleged that the IEBC officials were colluding with some of the candidates in order to gain an upper hand in the Tuesday, August 9 poll.
“I was tipped that the IEBC officials were striking a deal with the candidates to ensure that ballot papers are marked and stuffed into ballot boxes in their favour on the election day,” a witness told NTV.
Ndhiwa sub-county police boss, Paul Rioba, affirmed that investigations were ongoing in order to establish the basis of the discussions. He noted that the matter would be dealt with accordingly.
The news comes as IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and his commissioners have been on a sensitisation campaign, assuring Kenyans of a free, fair, and credible election period.
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