President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he will not allow the disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of the fresh elections within 60 days.
Addressing Governors and MCAs at State House in Nairobi on Saturday, President Kenyatta said he will not heed calls by NASA leader Raila Odinga to disband the current IEBC.
“We have been on this road before. Before these elections, these same people wanted a new IEBC and we obliged, we will not do that again this time,” said President Kenyatta.
“If this same IEBC conducted elections of their MCAs, MPs, Women Representatives, Senators and Governors, and are okay with the results, then the same IEBC will conduct the fresh presidential elections.
In response to calls by Third Way Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot that the elections be handled by the United National, President Kenyatta said only the body mandated by the Constitutional to manage the elections will do so.
“If they want they can invite the UN and other foreign governments to be their observers, but we will not allow any body other than the IEBC to conduct the elections.”
The president said they are not scared of the elections, calling on all Jubilee legislators to support their bid to win the fresh elections.
He further expressed his disagreement with the Supreme Court ruling that annulled the presidential results, though saying he respected the ruling.
“You cannot say that all the results, from the MCAs to MPs to Women Representatives, Senators and Governors which were transmitted using the same systems had no hitches, and then annul presidential results on the basis that there were anomalies.
“There is a problem with this country’s judicial system and once we are done with the elections, we will revisit this case,” he said.
President Kenyatta further exuded confidence in winning the re-election, saying the Supreme Court cannot annul the will of the Kenyan people.
The meeting came just a day after the Supreme Court annulled the presidential election results over apparent irregularities, paving way for a fresh election within 60 days.