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Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 17:42 EATnkiru@kenyafreepress.com
National Super Alliance (NASA) today filed more pressure on IEBC to effect changes necessary for the fresh election as ordered by Supreme Court failure of which they will not participate in what they termed another sham election to cost Sh12 billion from the taxpayers.
NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi, at the same time rubbished invitation to a meeting by IEBC and declared that henceforth they will engage the Commission in the context of an open structured national stakeholder dialogue in which binding resolutions will be made.
“We see no evidence that the Commission is making a good faith effort to conduct a fresh election that fulfills the letter and spirit of the judgement (of Supreme Court). On the contrary, your attempt to circumvent the illegalities and irregularities smacks of further contempt of the court and the people of Kenya.
“We wish to further note that in your invitation letter you have admitted having a private meeting with the Jubilee Party members. A similar request made by the NASA Coalition to meet its leaders for a few minutes on the same day at your offices was rebuffed” they said in a letter to IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati which was read during a Press Conference at Okoa Kenya Offices, in Nairobi’s Lavington area by Mudavadi.
In the meantime NASA reiterated the conditions they deem necessary for the fresh election as ordered by court which included rejecting the Commission’s intention to award printing of election materials to Al Ghurair.
Furthermore, they insisted that; (a) the material be redesigned and (b) provision be made for the parties to put an authentication mark on the original Form 34As and 34Bs before they are dispatched from the Polling stations and constituency tallying centres.
On Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) NASA stated that IEBC must comply with the court order, noting that this is not just an election matter, but a fundamental issue of fidelity to the constitution and rule of law.
“You have indicated in your letter that the servers used for the August 8 election will be audited before they are used for the election. This is woefully inadequate. By your own admission vide Chairman’s letter to the CEO (Ezra Chiloba) referenced above, there were massive technology related irregularities, some self-evidently of a criminal nature.
“We surmise from the letter is that technology did not fail, it was failed. We ought not have to remind you of Chris Msando’s murder. We insist on a thorough independent transparent end-to-end audit and quality assurance of the election technology ecosystem. The terms of reference for the audit should be agreed by all the parties to the election”, the letter said in part.
Going forward, the NASA leaders insisted on restoration of a stakeholder technology oversight committee with unfettered access rights to the system.
They termed unacceptable the Commission’s failure to take any disciplinary action against the officers and/or its agents who perpetrated the electoral fraud during the August 8 polls and declared that such people cannot be allowed to participate in organizing and conducting the next election.
Consequently NASA has rejected the proposed Project Team appointed by Chebukati to conduct the October 17 poll and said CEO Ezra Chiloba among other officers who allegedly committed fraud during the previous polls must be barred from participating in fresh elections.
Others are Commissioner Abdi Guliye - in charge of the failed ICT results transmission system, Commissioner Molu Boya- in charge of North Eastern region where many fake Forms were used in the elections.
In the secretariat who should not be allowed to conduct the elections are Marijan Hussein Marijan, Betty Nyabuto, James Muhati, Immaculate Kassait, Praxedes Tororey, Moses Kipkogey, Sidney Namulungu, Nancy Kariuki, and Silas Rotich.
In the letter, NASA further insist that all the Returning Officers, Deputy Returning Officers and Presiding Officers be vetted with the involvement of the parties to the election. Furthermore, we will insist that posting of returning officers be done by balloting in public, they added.
Polling stations, the opposition leaders want them gazetted, names and respective GPS locations published in at least two daily newspapers with national circulation.
“IEBC shall ensure that media will be given unfettered access to the election and specifically counting of votes and announcement of results at the polling stations, tallying and declaration of the presidential results at the constituency.
“The IEBC shall provide public access and media presence during the declaration of presidential results and live national coverage at all the 290 constituency tallying centres similar to the coverage provided at the national tallying centre (Bomas)”, NASA adds in the renewed conditions it wants IEBC effect ahead of October 17 elections.