Chebukati’s 2022 elections comment sparks heated exchange

Controversy has ignited following a statement made by former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati, asserting that the August 2022 elections were conducted in a manner that was both free and fair.

The statement posted on Chebukati’s Twitter account sparked a range of reactions on the platform, where the former IEBC chairman has been trending since the morning of 24 August.

“In August 2022, Kenya held the freest, fairest and most credible election in its history.” read part of his Twitter post.

Former presidential aspirant Ekuru Aukot was among the many Kenyans who responded to Chebukati’s post, stating in part,  “When history is properly written, you will be named as the worst chairman of @IEBCKenya. After all, you were not even the best during the interviews.” To this, Chebukati retorted, ”You did not meet the requirements to stand as a presidential candidate in 2022. Period.”

Another Twitter user, Christine Adika, demanded, “Open the servers, we verify.”

Nonetheless, some Kenyans were in support of Chebukati’s remarks, a user @KenyansDoyen said, “Kenya owes you an immense debt of gratitude for your unwavering patriotism. Beyond the political tumult and noise, your performance stands out like a brilliant beacon, shining brightly and setting a remarkable historical standard to go back to as long as our country exists!”

Daniel Muteti concurred, stating, “I must admit that last year’s election was the most credible ever in Africa.”

Chebukati made the remarks while publishing his recent presentation of a scholarly paper titled ‘The Role of Technology in Improving the Integrity of the Electoral Process in Kenya’.

His views mirror a recent statement by the US Ambassador to Kenya, Meg Whitman, who commended the country for achieving a historic milestone through a credible election.

Meanwhile, the opposition, led by Raila Odinga of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition, remains adamant in its rejection of the 2022 presidential results.

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