Yesterday, three departing bosses from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) recalled the terrifying experience they had while tallying the results of the presidential election that took place in August of last year.
Immediately following the announcement of the results of the presidential election, Commissioner Abdi Guliye stated that he, CEO Marjan Hussein Marjan, and Commissioner Boya Molu were subjected to intimidation and harassment at the hands of "external forces." As a result, the three men were forced to go into hiding for a period of three days.
"I remember going into 'Siberia' in my own country with Commissioner Molu and Marjan. It was an interesting experience. We went into hiding, which consisted of leaving our phones at Bomas, notifying our security team, and driving a (Toyota) Noah to an undisclosed place. Guliye shared this sentiment during the unveiling of the IEBC's Post-election Evaluation Report. "We used to rely on television news to know what was happening in the country," the official explained.
On the other hand, Chebukati stated that he sat at home for three days waiting for someone to knock on his door.
"In the end, no one came," he remarked, eliciting amusement by revealing that he had spent the entire time sipping tea inside the house. "In the end, no one came."
Today marks the conclusion of the six-year terms served by all three commissioners, making way for the appointment of seven new individuals to take charge of the electoral body for the subsequent six years.
Guliye revealed to the forum that the hardships they were experiencing at the hands of state officials were laid plain by the commotion that occurred at Bomas of Kenya prior to and during the announcement of the results of the presidential election.
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