Leaders and top candidates have read malice into the move by the IEBC to suspend gubernatorial elections in Mombasa and Kakamega Counties.
IEBC chair, Wafula Chebukati, announced this evening that he was calling off the gubernatorial elections in the two counties after it was discovered that there were discrepancies and errors in the names and photos of candidates on ballot papers.
The IEBC also canceled parliamentary elections in Pokot South and Kacheliba constituencies.
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi took to social media to fault the commission for the move and called on voters to turn out in large numbers tomorrow.
“In spite of the suspension of the Kakamega Gubernatorial election, I urge all voters to turn out in large numbers and vote for all Kenya Kwanza candidates.
“Starting with President William Ruto. The same applies to Mombasa County. The people’s choice cannot be defeated. Round one!” He tweeted.
On his part, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, who is in the Kakamega gubernatorial race, termed the suspension a minor setback.
“Delayed not denied. The postponement of our gubernatorial election is a minor setback. I take this opportunity to urge all my supporters to turn out in large numbers tomorrow and vote for William Ruto as President to the last man,” he said.
Malala urged voters to come out in large numbers and vote for DP Ruto.
“That is the only way to shame any individual who imagines he/she can deny Kakamegans the leader they deserve. Kesho, operation ni kulinda kura ya William Samoei Ruto. It’s not over yet.”
Malala’s opponent, ODM candidate Fernandes Barsa, urged his supporters to remain calm and promised to issue a more comprehensive statement on the matter.
“My attention has been drawn to an announcement made by the IEBC Chairman, Mr. Wafula Chebukati, on the postponement of the Kakamega Gubernatorial elections to a later date due to errors in the printing of ballot papers. I urge my supporters to remain calm,” he said.
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