November 23, 2017

Raila: No election until IEBC meets our demands

National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has maintained his hardline stance on his participation in the repeat presidential election slated for October 26.

Raila reiterated that he would not participate in the showdown until NASA’s demands were met.

“You cannot expect us to do the same thing, the same way and expect a different result. You see, we are not trying to take Jubilee to the altar so that we can go and then cheer that they’ve gotten married. Kenyans will not just want any other election, just an election; that’s why we are talking about uchaguzi bora, sio bora uchaguzi,” Raila said.

The former Prime Minister indicated that the demands that must be met by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will ensure a credible poll on 26, fair to both sides of the political divide.

“Jubilee will say that they have no problem with IEBC because they know that IEBC declared them the winner. Jubilee was not the complainant, the complainant was us and we’re the ones who discovered the irregularities and illegalities that informed the Supreme Court decision to nullify the August 8 exercise,” he said.

The Opposition chief spoke following a meeting with Gusii professionals on Wednesday (4/10/17).

Speaking after a meeting with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and other leaders on Tuesday at the Bomas of Kenya, Siaya Senator James Orengo revealed that the electoral body had not met NASA’s irreducible minimums.

Orengo asked IEBC to respond to the Opposition’s call so that the repeat presidential election can take place as scheduled.

“The Supreme Court didn’t rule elections must be held on 26th. We insist our irreducible minimums must be met for purposes of having an election, and in accordance with the Constitution.
“The best that has happened is that we will have another meeting and expect Commission will respond substantially to issues raised. If we go the route set out by Commission, elections will be held within 60 days but it will not be held in accordance with the law,” Orengo pointed out.

On his part, Deputy President William Ruto indicated that the Jubilee Party has no conditions and is ready to battle it out with Opposition leader Raila Odinga for the presidency on October 26.

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