Kenya

Odinga faults IEBC on fresh election date, threatens not to participate

Raila Odinga

Opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has faulted the decision by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission -IEBC  to hold a fresh presidential election on October 17.

He says the IEBC failed to consult the National Super Alliance (NASA) when setting the date.  Addressing the reporters Tuesday morning at Wilson Airport, Raila faulted the IEBC for setting the date while the thorny issues that NASA had raised about the polls body had not been addressed.

He says the electoral body should have sought opinion on the matter, given the weighty issues raised by NASA, including demands for far-reaching reforms before a new election is conducted.

Raila further faulted the IEBC’s declaration that there will only be two presidential candidates, saying it is null and void as the Supreme Court ordered a fresh election. He said other candidates apart from him and President Kenyatta should take part in the fresh poll.

IEBC announced on Monday that the fresh presidential poll ordered by the Supreme Court would be held on Tuesday, October 17.

The electoral commission said that only President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA LEADER Raila Odinga would appear on the ballot paper adding that it was revising the procedural requirements in conducting a fresh election.

Last Friday, the Supreme Court nullified President Kenyatta’s win after a petition filed by the National Super Alliance- NASA.

Meawhile, the National Super Alliance (NASA) takes its campaigns to Kisii and Nyamira Counties Tuesday to consolidate support in the region ahead of the October 17 repeat presidential elections.

NASA leader Raila Odinga is accompanied by his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka and co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula.

ODM Kisii County coordinating committee chairman, Samwel Omwando, and secretary, Amos Andama, said the NASA principals will address rallies in Nyamira town and will also address residents in stop-overs at Keroka, Birongo, Keumbu, Kisii town, Nyakoe, Mosocho, Eroga before proceeding to Oyugis in Homa Bay County.

Governors James Ongwae of Kisii and John Nyagarama of Nyamira have urged residents to turn up in large numbers in solidarity with the NASA team.

 

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