Reject calls to postpone August 8 polls, Ukambani Jubilee hopefuls tell IEBC

Three Ukambani Jubilee Party candidates have maintained that the general elections must not be postponed beyond August 8 as envisaged in the Constitution.

Makueni governor aspirant Gideon Ndambuki, Mbooni MP hopeful Kisoi Munyao and Mwingi Central’s Joe Mutambu told IEBC to uphold the law on the matter.

They demanded that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission put measures to ensure Kenyans, who are ready to vote, cast their ballots as stated.

They spoke on Saturday at Kisau girls’ secondary school in Mbooni constituency during a thanksgiving prayer ceremony function organised by Munyao.

The candidates said they were not ready to accept the postponement of the election date as such a move would have serious consequences.

“We all knew that the general election should be held on August 8. The proposal for the election to be moved to another date is unreasonable,” Ndambuki said.

“We have no more resources to carry on with campaigns and our people are also tired. We must follow the Constitution and allow Kenyans to vote as planned.”

Munyao warned that postponing the election date will be a recipe for chaos.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he is ready for the August election, and we are ready too. We can’t push the election date even by a few hours,” the MP said.

His sentiments were echoed by Mwingi Central Mp Joe Mutambu.

The court of appeal is set to issue a ruling on July 20 to determine if the August Polls will be held or not.

The appeal was lodged by IEBC following a High court decision that stopped the printing of presidential ballot papers.

Read: Appeals court to determine Al Ghurair ballot papers tender case on July 20

The politicians urged the Kamba community to ditch the National Super Alliance and join Jubilee Party for better services.

Ndambuki and Kisoi said Makueni would have been better placed in terms of development had their leaders joined the government’s side.

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