The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, has stepped aside from a panel set to hear and determine 262 pre-elections disputes filed by disgruntled aspirants.
Speaking during the launch of the Dispute Resolution Committee on Saturday, June 11, the IEBC chairperson explained that despite being at the helm of issuing verdicts on similar complaints that were lodged during the 2017 polls, he has been forced to leave the disputes to other members of the committee.
Justifying his decision to step aside, Chebukati noted that some disgruntled aspirants have questioned his decision-making suitability, forcing him to pave way for other members.
"I shall not be sitting in any of the dispute resolution panels as a Returning Officer for the presidential elections. I have been informed that there are some complaints filed against my decisions so I will let others be the judges in those matters," Chebukati explained.
He, however, urged the panel to fast-track the cases and determine them without any bias.
"As the committee commences the hearing today, I just want to remind them that this is an election process subject to scrutiny and I urge the committee members to adhere to the principles of natural justice. Let everybody be heard and also strict adherence to the Constitution and the law while handling the complaints before you," Chebukati told the committee.