The Independent Electoral and Boundaries chairperson (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati has hinted that it could postpone the elections for selected elective seats in some areas because of the cases that are still pending in court.
Chebuti said that on Saturday during the Political Decency and Accountability Forum 2022 held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
He said the ongoing cases derail the commission’s adequate preparation for the August 9, 2022, general election hence the possibility of postponing the election in those affected areas.
Chebukati said the move would allow IEBC to print ballot papers in time for the affected areas to have a free and fair election.
"If for any reason they are not finalised in good time, as a commission we cannot wait forever, we shall be forced to suspend elections in those areas where decisions affect the printing of ballot papers. We must deliver elections on August 9," Chebukati said.
He also appealed to the courts to hasted the pending cases to enable the electoral body to prepare for the polls sufficiently.
Chebukati was speaking against the backdrop of such pending cases as the ones involving the former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.
IEBC has since been pushed to stop the printing of ballot papers to factor in any changes that may result from the pending court case.