Bishops of Eldoret at the IEBC: Make sure the polls are credible

Religious leaders in Uasin Gishu County are challenging the Independent Election and Boundary Commission to ensure Tuesday’s elections are free, fair and credible.

Speaking separately, the bishops drawn from the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church of Kenya and the African Church of the Interior argued that the agency headed by Wafula Chebukati has the constitutional mandate to preside over an electoral exercise which will produce a result reflecting the decision taken by Kenyans waking up to vote on August 9e.

“We trust IEBC to give us the right results. Whoever is elected our next leader, we expect everyone to support them. Reverend Bernard Koskei, Provost of St. Mathews ACK Eldoret said during a Sunday church service.

His views resonated well with those of Catholic Bishop Dominic Kimengich of the Diocese of Eldoret who reiterated that the commission must carry out the long-awaited electoral process in a transparent manner.

“The problem is not in the vote. The problem comes after the vote. The IEBC must conduct the poll very transparently. He said

Rev. David Ng’ang’a, the senior pastor of AIC Fellowship Eldoret must be impartial and ensure that he conducts polls that reflect the wishes of Kenyans. He called on the IEBC to resist attempts to tamper with the exercise.

“The focus is on the REFEREE. We hope they will conduct this election with great integrity. We encourage the IEBC to be fair and abide by the law. He said

Reverend Ng’ang’a added, “As a church, we pray that the IEBC, especially President Wafula Chebukati, will do the right thing.”

The three clergymen also dismissed reports that tension has gripped Uasin Gishu County over the upcoming poll, calling the claims misleading.

“We heard that leaflets had been distributed in Uasin Gishu, but we didn’t see any. There may be anxiety in some places, but it’s largely peaceful here,” ACK’s Reverend Koskei said.

His Catholic counterpart actually does not understand why the region has been singled out as one of the likely hotspots of political violence.

Bishop Kimengich said; “We are not happy when we are seen as a hotspot of violence. Uasin Gishu is peaceful. People are calm. They are just waiting to vote.

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