Chebukati appoints deputy national returning officer

IEBC Vice Chairperson Consolata Nkatha has been appointed as the Deputy National Returning Officer for the fresh presidential election set for Thursday, October 26.

In a gazette notice dated October 24, IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati named his deputy to deputise him in the role of returning officer for the presidential election.

Nkatha’s appointment came after daylong meetings of the commission with different stakeholders amidst last minute preparations at the national tallying centre at Bomas of Kenya.

While the appointment has caused a fuss on social media, it is consistent with a similar appointment on June 27th when Nkatha was named deputy returning officer for the August 8th presidential election.

Nkatha will deputize Chebukati in his roles of collating and verifying the results from all the polling stations.

She can also declare the final presidential election result in the absence of the Chairman.

During the day, the commissioners held several meetings with groups of observers at the Bomas of Kenya including the African union mission led by South Africa’s former president Thabo Mbeki who sought to understand the level of election preparedness.

The commissioners later met with security bosses but the details of the deliberations were not disclosed.

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati did not attend the meetings, and is believed to have been holding a series of other consultative meetings.