NASA exposes a major plot by IEBC to rig August polls
Sentiments by Mudavadi comes a day after Siaya Senator James Orengo argued that there will be no credible elections.
In statement shortly after the IEBC wrote to the company informing it of the cancellation, Amani National Congress leader, who is also the founder of NASA, said that the plot to rig elections has been hatched by the commission.
“IEBC must come clean on what happens next in the light of it stating that ‘it will be almost impossible for the Commission to execute its mandate within the statutory timelines’,” Mr Mudavadi said.
IEBC’s letter dated March 21 addressed to the South Africa’s Gemalto Company, IEBC cited lack of adequate finances to carry on the tender, adding that there will be no value for money for the tender as the timelines on the commissionsion’s end was not well advised.
Mudavadi has argued that the termination of the tender raises concerns of whether they will be the Kenya integrated elections management (KIEMS), as required enhance a smooth transmission of results from the polling stations to the tallying centres.
In what seems a syndicated move by the opposition, the sentiments by Mudavadi comes a day after Siaya County Senator James Orengo who is part of the technical committee tasked with choosing a flag bearer of the opposition camp, argued that there will be no credible elections.
“Without the establishment of an integrated electronic electoral system, no valid elections can be held in Kenya,” Mr Orengo said in a statement.
Addressing the media shortly after the cancellation, ODM leader Raila Odinga argued that the cancellation of the tender was a ploy by the the IEBC to make use of ‘dead voters’ to swindle numbers in the August polls.
“We are all aware to the existence of dead voters in that registered. We also don’t know how many people are double registered. We insist that we want to go for polls with a clean register,” Mr Odinga said.
Meanwhile, Gemalto Company has challenged the IEBC’s tender cancellation saying that it has the capacity to deliver results, devoid of any challenges as it has previously undertaken such projects.
In a return letter to the IEBC by the Africa’s Vice President Charles Mevaa, Gemalto has argued that the cancellation was ill informed.
“We do have a track record of successful deliveries of large scale projects, including elections related solutions, within challenging lead times,” Mr Mevaa said in a latter.
On Thursday, however, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati has said that there is no cause for alarm, insisting that the commission is working on harmonizing its register ahead of the polls.
“The commission is putting all systems in place to ensure a timely delivery of elections on August 8 2017 that free, fair, credible and are governed by various articles of our constitution, laws and regulations,” Mr Chebukati said in a statement.
IEBC is set to address the media later today even as NASA officials meet to deliberate more on the matter.
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