Chebukati asks DP Ruto to desist from ‘unwarranted attacks’

Deputy President William Ruto when he attended the IEBC meeting at Anniversary Towers

The IEBC through its chairman Wafula Chebukati has asked those in political class not to distract them from the task ahead through unwarranted attacks.

Deputy President William Ruto during a live TV interview accused the electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati of holding night meetings with members of the Opposition.

“We want to urge the political leaders please don’t attack us too much, give us space to do our job and on our part we commit that we shall ensure we’re fair in all respects. Even in our conduct outside there so that we’re not seen to be favouring any one side,” Chebukati said.

Apparently assuaged, the DP told the media following the meeting that as a ruling party, they are confident the IEBC will deliver a credible election and said his attacks on Chebukati’s credibility were not “personal.”

“We’ve told the Chairman that although we said he’s been holding night meeting with the other side, we’ve told him these are things we said out of concern for a free and fair election.

“It’s not a personal issue. We’re not trying to be personal here. We just want a credible transparent election and we expect everybody to live within those bounds.”

Chebukati said the commission will be the epitome of transparency in all their dealings with the parties to the October 17 presidential poll.

On Monday following a day-long retreat in Naivasha, Chebukati challenged Ruto to prove his claims that his independence is compromised; explaining that the Commission as a whole holds its door open to the political players in any election.

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