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February 26, 2018

Better an illegal President than a fraudulent one - MP

Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo addressing residents in a rally while drumming up support for Raila Odinga ./LAMECK BARAZA
Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo addressing residents in a rally while drumming up support for Raila Odinga ./LAMECK BARAZA

It is better to have an illegitimate president than a fraudulently elected one, Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo (pictured)has said.

Odhiambo argued on Tuesday that legitimising election fraud is more dangerous and can plunge the country into chaos.

“Elections should have meaning and the will of the people must be respected at all times. If that cannot happen, then the essence of election is defeated,” Odhiambo said.

He was speaking in reference to the uncertainties surrounding the October 26 repeat presidential election.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has pulled out from the poll. 

The repeat election was ordered by the Supreme Court on September 1,   after Raila successfully petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win. 

The court said IEBC committed illegalities in the conduct of the election on August 8.

“How can we go back to the polls with the same team that committed illegalities against our candidate?” Odhiambo said. He was speaking to the Star at his office in Nairobi on Tuesday.

He urged IEBC to halt the planned repeat election until all contentious issues are resolved.

NASA wants IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba to quit the commission.  He is among several officers of the electoral body the opposition accuses of bungling  the election.

NASA wants them sacked before any repeat poll.

“Changes must be made at the commission,” Odhiambo said.

Failure to reform IEBC will allow a few individuals to determine election outcomes, he said. 

Raila and his running Kalonzo Musyoka , on Tuesday, called the planned repeat poll a ‘selection disguised as an election’ and demanded that changes are made at IEBC for them to participate.

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