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ODM gives Wafula Chebukati 14 days to resign from Office.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) youth wing has given the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati 14 days to resign from office.

In a statement, the youths said they had lost confidence in IEBC over a range of issues, including the accusations of Chebukati for siding with Deputy President William Ruto in the upcoming 2022 General Elections.

The youth said Chebukati was the first chair of an election commission in Africa and the second in the world to chair an election that was nullified, hence, making him unfit to conduct the next general election.

They further said that the previous election was the most expensive election, claiming that it costed Ksh 2540 per registered voter, surpassing the global requirement of a maximum Ksh 500.

The party also stated that Chebukati was allocated Ksh 130 million to buy bundles while the commission only used while the commission only used 500k, questioning the whereabouts of the remaining amounts.

The bad blood between the ODM party and IEBC has existed for over 14 years, starting the 2007 when the body was referred to as the Electoral Commission of Kenya with the late Samuel Kivuitu as the chairman.

The party made claims of rigging in the disputed election in which President Mwai Kibaki was declared winner against ODM leader Raila Odinga. The political fallout led to a raft of reforms, including disbandment of the commission.

Fast forward to 2013, ODM contested the results of the presidential election and later demanded the removal of the then IEBC chairman Isaack Hassan in 2016 before Mr Chebukati took over.

In the 2017 general election, IEBC was cited for poorly conducting the election.

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    Written by Pauline Nabwire

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