November 22nd 2017

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IEBC postpones meeting with NASA brigade under unclear circumstances

The session was set to start at 8am, and was expected to be followed by another on set for tomorrow between IEBC and both Jubilee and NASA. Following the cancellation of today’s meeting, the fate of the one earlier scheduled for tomorrow in now unclear.

By Phillip MuleeThursday, 14 Sep 2017 11:33 EAT

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati with Mr Odinga at a previous meeting.

A meeting between Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioners with NASA flag-bearer Raila Odinga and his team earlier today failed to kick off.

No reasons were given to say why the meeting didn’t take place despite high expectation that it would break the stand-off over October 17, presidential rerun after Raila said “he will not participate or there will be on election” if NASA’s grievances to IEBC are not addressed. “Meeting with NASA officials this morning will be rescheduled to a new date to be announced”, IEBC tweeted on its website.

IEBC had invited Raila and his team to a crucial meeting this morning to try and iron out the differences between the electoral agency and the coalition. The session was set to start at 8am, and was expected to be followed by another on set for tomorrow between IEBC and both Jubilee and NASA. Following the cancellation of today’s meeting, the fate of the one earlier scheduled for tomorrow in now unclear.

A similar meeting which was scheduled for Tuesday at Anniversary Towers, the IEBC headquarters failed to kick off after both NASA and Jubilee leaders arrived on different times. Raila’s NASA team arrived at 11.15am and waited until noon when they walked out, only for Deputy President William Ruto and Jubilee team to arrive shortly.

IEBC decided to meet NASA separately after the coalition raised preliminary objection to a road map document that was to be discussed during the Tuesday meeting. Jubilee has in the meantime said it recognizes the independence of IEBC.

After walking out of the talks in protests, NASA issued a nine-point ‘minimum irreducible’ demands that they insist must be met for them to participate in the repeat poll.

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