Jubilee Party has rejected IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati’s fresh presidential elections team.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party, in a statement to newsrooms through its Secretary General Raphael Tuju, said the team contains names of individuals Jubilee Party considers partisan in the political scene.
Mr. Chekubati on Tuesday created a fresh presidential elections team by elevating six officials within the commission, notably sidelining IEBC chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba.
In a statement, the electoral chairman appointed Marjan Hussein Marjan as the project coordinator, Dr. Sidney Namulungu as the head of operations and Nancy Kariuki as the head of logistics. Others are Bernard Misati Moseti as head of training, Albert Gogo as the head of ICT and Silas Rotich as the head of the National Tallying Centre.
The appointments according to Chekubati, take effect immediately and will be for a period of three months. The seven-member team which will include the Chairman will now be responsible for the coordination of the October 17 poll.
Jubilee Party, however, rejects Marjan Hussein Marjan’s appointment. They also singled out current Commission’s Corporate Affairs Manager Tabitha Mutemi among others.
On the other hand, the new appointments somewhat meet NASA’s demand for personnel changes for the elections.
NASA called for the firing of a few IEBC officials which include the CEO Ezra Chiloba, director of voter registration Immaculate Kassait, Commissioner in charge of ICT Prof Abdi Yakub Guliye, head of legal affairs Praxidis Tororey, deputy CEO in charge of operations Betty Nyabuto and ICT director James Muhati.
In addition to the personnel changes, the opposition coalition is also calling for other thorny issues to be addressed before the polls are done.
The electoral commission also announced that the official campaign period began on Tuesday and will last until October 15.
Jubilee has set off campaigning in Kajiado while NASA headed to Nyamira County.