Speaking on Monday during the launch of the post-election evaluation report at Safari Park Hotel, Chebukati said the 2022 General Election recorded the highest number of attempts to undermine the commission and the democratic process as a whole.
The IEBC chairman cited intimidation by the state’s security organs, disinformation campaigns, and the murder of IEBC officials as some of the incidents highlighting the growing number of attacks against the commission.
To ensure that those who attempted to undermine the independence of the agency are not wished away, Chebukati revealed that he has written to President William Ruto to form a public inquiry.
“The Commission wrote to the President (William Ruto) to form a public inquiry with respect to the process leading to the declaration of the final results for the presidential election 2022. The gravity of these attempts to subvert the will of the people cannot be wished away or swept under the carpet,” Chebukati said.
This he said will bolster the independence of IEBC and ensure that it maintains its stature as outlined in the Kenyan Constitution 2010.
“It will also enable a future electoral environment devoid of harassment, intimidation, profiling, and harm of commission staff while discharging their duties,” he said.
Earlier his month, allies of Kenya’s President William Ruto had demanded a commission of inquiry formed to audit the August 2022 presidential poll.
The leaders want the probe to cover the events surrounding the declaration of the results, the divisions in IEBC as well as the alleged “reluctance of police” to address Bomas chaos.
“The president (William Ruto) had to donate his bodyguards to Chebukati after those goons attempted to kidnap him and there were calls to the IEBC chairperson from a very senior government official then. That is why a commission of inquiry will look into all this,” said a source in President Ruto’s inner circle.