October 21, 2017

NASA issues three major conditions to IEBC before participating in election

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has given the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conditions that should be met before the repeat presidential election slated for October 17.

NASA vowed that it will not go to the poll unless the conditions are met to guarantee a credible process.

“We restate that a credible election cannot be achieved by cosmetic exercises intended to ring fence vote-riggers and vote-rigging,” Head of the Campaign Secretariat, Musalia Mudavadi, stated on Tuesday (14/9/17).

The conditions set by NASA to participate in the repeat election:

Transparent use of and access to ICT systems.

Replacement of IEBC officials who committed electoral malpractices.

Gazettement of polling stations and live media coverage of results declaration at the 290 constituency tallying centres in the same manner as done at the national tallying center.

Mudavadi also pointed out that the coalition will not meet with IEBC again in closed door arrangements, but rather want an open process that the public can participate to solve issues that arose from the August 8 General Election.

“NASA is not interested in boardroom meetings with IEBC. As we have pointed out before, our experience with IEBC does not inspire confidence.

“If the conditions are not met we will not boycott, there will be no election,” Mudavadi stated categorically.

NASA walked out of planned meeting on Tuesday with the electoral body, protesting a nine-page agenda and Jubilee’s no-show.

Deputy President William Ruto, however, dismissed Opposition’s complaints on the said agenda, saying it was not an ambush as alleged.

Raila’s team had arrived at the IEBC (Anniversary Towers) at 11.15am and by 12.05pm, the Jubilee Party brigade had not showed up.

Ruto arrived at 12.29pm, long after Raila’s team had left in protest after Jubilee leaders kept them waiting.

“This meeting was only confirmed last night after we had made plans for a Jubilee parliamentary group meeting, and as you know it has MPs from all over the country and it took longer than we expected,” said Mr Ruto.

IEBC and the two sides of the political divided were to discuss plans for the repeat presidential election.

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