The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has demanded the immediate release of the three employees of Smartmatic International B.V responsible for deployment and management of election technology infrastructure.
The three persons were arrested upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Venezuela despite the commission explaining to the security authorities that the three were in the country to execute a lawful contract relating to the deployment of technology in elections.
In a statement, Chebukati expressed disappointment in the arrests saying their detention is tantamount to intimidation ahead of the August 9, polls.
The IEBC boss added that the commission CEO Hussein Marjan tried in vain to explain to the security officials why the three were in the country.
Chebukati said they are banking on the three officials to set up the required technology that will ensure a smooth running of the August 9, polls.
“…the arrest and continued holding of the personnel has the inevitable effect of hampering the deployment of technology in the forthcoming General Election. Technology plays a central role in elections and the commission wonders what the intention behind the holding of the technical personnel is meant to achieve,” Chebukati stated.
Here’s the Police statement on the arrest of foreigners with IEBC related material at JKIA.