UN warns NASA over poll boycott

Ahead of the repeat polls, the United Nations said that NASA....

The UN warned that boycotting the repeat presidential poll can ruin the country and possibly plunge the country into crisis.

The UN commended the IEBC for its efforts, thus far, to prepare for a fresh presidential election as directed by the Supreme Court and further called on all political parties and stakeholders to cooperate with the IEBC in this regard.

"The United Nations appeals to all stakeholders to respect the independence of constitutionally mandated institutions, especially the IEBC and the Judiciary," the statement signed by Nasser Ega-Musa, the UN director at Information Centre read in part.

NASA led by their leader Raila Odinga has maintained that there would be no elections if their demands they have termed as "irreducible minimums" are not met.

NASA wants IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba removed and KIEMS provider OT-Morpho and printer Al-Ghurair dropped as contractors for the fresh election.

After a meeting on Tuesday with the IEBC, NASA said it was not satisfied with the preparations of the repeat presidential election, saying its demands had not been met.

The coalition accused the electoral commission of planning to hold an election that will not adhere to the law.

“The measures they are taking are half-hearted and they are not addressing the mischief that the Supreme Court identified,” Siaya Senator James Orengo said after the meeting at the Bomas of Kenya.

“In this meeting, none of the issues we had raised as irreducible minimums for purposes of holding an election within the 60 days required have been met or responded to and we left on the basis that nothing has been agreed,”  Orengo added.

Nasa also maintained their demonstrations would continue as planned and told off envoys who sought to put pressure on them to stop.

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