Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati has suspended gubernatorial elections in Kakamega and Mombasa over candidates’ picture mix up.
The Mombasa gubernatorial seat attracted front runners Azimio la Umoja, One Kenya Coalition party candidate Abdulswamad Nassir and Kenya Kwanza Alliance candidate Hassan Omar.
The candidates who have declared interest to replace the current Governor Hassan Joho who has served the mandatory two terms are Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir (ODM), Hassan Sarai (UDA), Mike Mbuvi Sonko (Wiper) and William Kingi (PAA).
Others are Daniel Munga Kitsao (Independent), Hezron Awiti (VDP), Said Abdalla (Usawa Kwa Wote), Shafii Makazi (UPIA) and Antony Chitavi (UDP).
Mombasa county has six constituencies. They include Mvita, Likoni, Jomvu, Changamwe, Kisauni and Likoni.
Those in the race include Cleophas Malala (ANC), Fernandes Barasa (ODM), Cyrus Jirongo (UDP), Samuel Omukoko of Maendeleo Democratic Party, Suleiman Sumba(Kanu) Michael Osundwa (independent) and Austine Otieno (independent).
Barasa, Omukoko, Sumba and Osundwa come from the southern region while Malala and Jirongo hail from the central and northern regions respectively.
Elections for members of National Assembly in Pokot South and Kacheliba constituencies have also been suspended due to errors on ballot papers.
“Ballot papers for the following elective positions were noted to have errors. Ballot papers for Kakamega county governor positions, Mombasa County have wrong gubernatorial candidate pictures and the details printed on them. Positions for members of the National Assembly in Pokot South and three in Kachiriba also have wrong gubernatorial candidate pictures and the details printed on them,” said Chebukati.
“As a result, elections for their respective positions have been suspended to a later date which shall be announced through a gazette notice.”