by Ronald Njoroge and Chris Mgidu NAIROBI
(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s electoral body on Friday urged thorough
investigations into the malpractices that led to the
nullification of the Aug. 8 presidential elections.
The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)
Chairman Wafula Chebukati told journalists that the three
grounds used by the Supreme Court to reach its majority decision
to annul the presidential results were mainly based on errors
found in the electronic transmission of the presidential
"The Commission invites the Office of the Director of Public
Prosecution to urgently and expeditiously investigate and
prosecute any of our staff that may have been involved in
violation of the Election Offenses Act," Chebukati said.
The country’s apex court nullified Kenyatta’s win in the Aug.
8 general election and ordered the IEBC to conduct fresh polls
within 60 days.
Four judges ruled in favor of opposition leader Raila
Odinga’s petition challenging the results, while two ruled
"Presidential election was not conducted in accordance to the
The results are null and void," Chief Justice
David Maraga said on Friday.
Chebukati revealed that they will be making some internal
changes in personnel, even as they prepare to conduct fresh
polls within two months.
"For now we don’t know the reasons for invalidating
"I would like the Supreme Court to issue its full
judgment in time so that we can know the exact reasons and for
us to streamline our process in line with that ruling," said Chebukati.
Chebukati’s remarks came after the opposition National Super
Alliance (NASA) said earlier that they have no confidence in the
current IEBC team, calling for the United Nations to intervene
and conduct free, fair and credible polls.
Chebukati maintained that his commission conducted free and
credible polls that fully reflected the will of the people,
urging Kenyans to remain calm and maintain peace this crucial