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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 21:53 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The top decision-making organ of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) known as the Pentagon and the alliance's Technical Committee comprised of experts met today and took a firm position on the annoucement of presidential election results in August.
Led by the alliance's presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, the leaders warned the Electoral and Boundaries Commission that any change to presidential election results as announced at constituency level would be rejected.
"On 4th of April The High Court of Kenya, in a unanimous decision, ruled that presidential election results declared at the polling station and constituency level are final and cannot be overturned unless by an Order of the Court. This decision reaffirmed the provisions of the Constitution on finality of elections results declared at the Constituency level.
"It therefore concerns us as NASA that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has decided to appeal that decision. In whose interest is this appeal made? As NASA We would like to make it clear that if the IEBC continues with this mischief we will not participate in the elections of 2017," the leaders said.
"IEBC is admitting that they have been changing constituency results and are appealing the decision in order to continue changing results once announced at the constituencies. The IEBC is looking to the courts to allow it to change election results as declared at polling station and constituencies. Who stands to benefit from this appeal?
"We therefore demand that the Commission respects the decision of the High Court and withdraw the appeal forthwith. We now understand the matter of constituency returning officers where the IEBC has been arbitrarily deploying and sending returning officers to constituencies without any known criteria or basis. Constituency Returning Officers are key in overseeing the conduct of presidential elections and declaration of results," they said.
The NASA leaders also demanded that IEBC adopt an open and transparent process of deploying constituency returning officers, saying the process should involve open balloting where constituency coordinators are randomly picked and their constituencies selected.