Nasa MPs make final demand to Chebukati

The IEBC is set for a meeting with Nasa on Monday.

The mounting pressure on Mr Chebukati comes in the backdrop of his sentiments that the commission “may not guarantee a credible election”, a message that was earlier passionately shared by former polls team commissioner Roselyn Akombe.

While Mr Chebukati contemplated on revoking Article 55 of the Elections Act, which gives the commission the leeway to push forward voting in parts of the country, provided that a new voting date is announced within seven days, has been quashed by the Raila Odinga led camp.

The leaders who spoke ahead of the meeting slated for Monday (today) have argued that the proposal to have some areas left out in the repeat polls was ill-advised and could instead jeopardise the poll further.

ODM chairman Mr John Mbadi, Amani National Congress Secretary General and political analyst Mr Barrack Muluka, Mr Opiyo Wandayi (ODM director of political affairs) and Nasa lawyer and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, opined that such an attempt, would only delegitimise the process.

The final decision to postpone the entire election could avert possible chaos as witnessed during the training of its staff in parts of Kisumu, Siaya, Vihiga, Migori and Homa Bay and give them time to provide adequate security.

“The IEBC messed up this process the moment they refused to undertake reforms immediately the Supreme Court nullified the elections. No level of game-meandering will help,” said Mr Mbadi.

The Raila Odinga camp has been in the recent past throbbing the ‘no election’ sting against the IEBC and Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta. Mr Odinga’s team has argued that if any of the 290mconstituencies fails to hold an election, the process could be nullified.

“The only move that can lead to a legitimate process is to call off the exercise. Even Chebukati himself has admitted that he cannot guarantee a credible election as things stand,” Mr Muluka argued.

Other Nasa leaders who spoke immediately after the three-week leave taken by IEBC Chief Executive Mr Ezra Chiloba, opined that his final removal would not do anything as he has been instrumental in managing the team that is out to ‘bungle elections, again.”

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