FREE AND FAIR

We trust IEBC to deliver credible polls, says MP Savula

Says the stability of the country depends on how electoral agency will manage the election.

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• The Lugari MP urged politicians to conduct peaceful campaigns to ensure stability in the country during and after the polls.

Lugari MP Ayub Savula addresses a campaign rally in Indangalasia, Matungu constituency, on Monday
Lugari MP Ayub Savula addresses a campaign rally in Indangalasia, Matungu constituency, on Monday
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Lugari MP Ayub Savula has exuded confidence the electoral agency will conduct free, fair, credible and verifiable elections next week.

He said the stability of the country depends on how IEBC manages the election. 

The remark is a departure from an earlier stand by Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition leaders who have been accusing the electoral agency of opaqueness in its preparations for the polls.

The coalition has demanded that the commission allow the use of a manual voter register in all polling stations and the setting up of additional polling stations.

Savula said any risk factor in the management of the polls can plunge the country into chaos similar to the post-poll violence of 2007-08.

“We shall hold the commission responsible for a non-transparent free, fair and verifiable election and IEBC should therefore be serious with this election,” Savula said. 

He was speaking in Indangalasia, Matungu constituency, during campaigns on Monday.

Savula is the running mate of ODM Kakamega governor candidate Fernandes Barasa.

The Lugari MP urged politicians to conduct peaceful campaigns to ensure stability in the country during and after the polls.

“We must not behave as though elections are the end of life. There is life after elections and we have generations that must find a place to live in,” he said.

The electoral agency has been embroiled in controversies with security agencies over the acquisition of electoral materials. 

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati on Friday announced they had resolved all issues between the two agencies and committed to work together.

The government has been running programmes across the country targeting youth to promote peace during the campaigns. 

Edited by A.N

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