Conduct repeat polls before October 17, Matiang’i tells IEBC

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i []

Education Ministry has written to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) asking to have repeat polls conducted before October 17.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said this will allow for smooth execution of the examination schedule for standard eight pupils and form four candidates.

“We are alive however; to the reality we are going to have a re-run of the Presidential election. As a result, we have requested the IEBC to consider doing this before the 17th of October,” said the CS in a press briefing on Monday in Nairobi.

He said he has had formal engagements with IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati over the matter.

“I have had conversations with the Chairperson of the commission and we have written formally to him to request the commission humbly to consider holding that election a week before the 17th of October because even if we want to start off on the 23rd, we will need a week or two earlier…,” he added.

The examination calendar begins on 23rd where visually impaired candidates will be starting their national exams.

For class eight pupils, their exams will begin in early November while form four candidates will sit for K.C.S.E until the end of November.

The Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election and ordered for fresh polls within 60 days.

IEBC is yet to give a date.

Matiang’i added that they are trying to ensure that the elections will not disrupt the examination programme.

In Kenya, most polling centres are in public schools.

By Pharis Kinyua. He’s an online Journalist and an author for Jamhuri News.