In Summary
  • Chebukati announced that Mr Chiloba had been given the task of assessing the problems experienced in the August 8 poll.
  • IEBC is expected to hold a joint meeting with both Jubilee and National Super Alliance leaders to resolve poll issues.

Electoral Commission chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba was last evening thrust back into the team that will manage the fresh presidential election on October 17, after a church-mediated retreat in Naivasha.

IEBC officials were locked up at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha for more than 10 hours on Monday in a meeting — said to be heated — following sharp divisions between the commissioners last week.

At about 5.30pm, Mr Chiloba saw off Bishop Alfred Rotich of the Catholic Military Ordinariate after a brief chat.

When contacted by the Nation last night, the Bishop declined to discuss what transpired at the meeting.

“I have heard the chairman has already issued a statement. I have not seen it personally or even heard what he has said,” he said.

Bishop Korir was joined by motivational speaker Dr Wale Akinyemi and university lecturer Dr Peter Kiriri at the meeting, whose theme was “together with the Nation”.

At the news conference addressed by chairman Wafula Chebukati, the commissioners and Mr Chiloba put on a brave face and display of unity.

“We want to assure the country that despite the challenges we have experienced in the recent past, the commission is more than committed to ensure that the country has a successful election on October 17," Mr Chebukati said.

The commission, he said, had resolved to “solely” focus on preparations for the repeat election, given that “we are working under serious time constraints”.

In a statement issued after the two-day meeting, the commissioners said they had embarked on a review of the August 8 General Election, with the objective of improving on the processes, although they were yet to get the detailed judgment from the Supreme Court.

“Ours is to learn and improve for the sake of the people,” Mr Chebukati said in the one page statement.

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