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June 25, 2018

Back off IEBC matters, lobby group tells Opposition

NASA leaders Kalonzo Musyoka, Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi during the press conference on IEBC's preparedness for the coming general election at Capital Hill on March 2, 2017. /JACK OWUOR
NASA leaders Kalonzo Musyoka, Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi during the press conference on IEBC's preparedness for the coming general election at Capital Hill on March 2, 2017. /JACK OWUOR

A lobby group has asked IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati to put his house in order and assure Kenyans a free, fair and credible repeat Presidential election on October 17.

Wazalendo Huru Congress also criticised NASA for constantly attacking the IEBC commissioners and secretariat.

“As we gravitate towards the gazetted date for the repeat Presidential elections, the IEBC ship seems to be crumbling apart and sinking slowly,” chairman John Korir told the press on Wednesday.

“Our fears remain real unless otherwise assured, that IEBC has been turned into a gravy train whose driver might drive us to a crash (sic),” he said.

Korir said Chebukati is perceived to be giving in to NASA’s s demands and claimed it is a clear indication the IEBC boss is leaning on one side of  the political divide.

“His style and manner of leadership for sure will never by any imagination deliver a credible, free and fair election,” he said.

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The lobby group asked the electoral agency to remain independent, resist sabotage or intimidation from any quarters.

Korir said attacks on CEO Ezra Chiloba by Raila Odinga, NASA politicians and some civil society groups are unwarranted and are only aimed at discrediting the polls body.

“Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu movement today engaged in a peaceful procession to pressurize the DPP to prosecute Mr Chiloba among others,”

“This shockingly, is a further deliberate and direct attempt at rocking the IEBC election ship,” she said.

NASA has been piling pressure on the commission to sack at least five officers, including a commissioner, who it believes bungled the August 8 presidential elections.

The polls were annulled by the Supreme Court on September 1,saying the election officers committed illegalities and irregularities.

Secretary Marion Njoroge particularly criticised Raila for his utterances that school children would not die if the exam dates were rescheduled

“There is no way the world ‘children’ and ‘’ can be in the same sentence. Raila should practice democracy that he claims he has fought for,” she said.

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