An Eldoret cleric has urged IEBC to be transparent on its undertaking to avoid suspicions among Kenyans ahead of next month’s polls.

Catholic diocese of Eldoret Bishop Cornelius Korir asked the IEBC to build confidence among electoral stakeholders to assure Kenyans of free and fair polls.

The cleric said if IEBC had provided the necessary information on the printing of ballots tender, it would have avoided the current court battle over surrounding the issue.

He warned that suspicions may lead to rejection of results and plunge the country into chaos similar to the ones witnessed during the 2007 elections.

Speaking at Sacred heart Catholic Church in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet on Sunday during a confirmation mass, Korir called on Kenyans to maintain peace during the electioneering period.

Bishop Cornelius Korir asks that IEBC portrays transparency in the August polls

“We are urging Kenyans not to be swayed by political euphoria but ensure they maintain peace and judge politicians by their manifesto as elections draw closer,” he said.

He continued: “We as Christians should be role models in the promotion of peace and cohesiveness in the country by avoiding being lured into animosity.”

Korir urged Christians to avoid being enticed with handouts from politicians to influence their voting, saying they should not compromise their convictions at the altar of money.

The cleric said he was surprised that politicians were dishing out money to buy votes instead of providing food to the many Kenyans who are facing hunger.

“I am urging Kenyans to look at the bigger picture. We want politicians dishing out money to use the cash to buy food to starving Kenyans in places like in West Pokot and other arid areas,” Korir said.

Korir has been spearheading peace efforts aimed at uniting warring communities in the North Rift.