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CORD, upping pressure on IEBC, will hold two demos per week

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has vowed to intensify its campaign to unseat current commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by staging two demos per week instead of one as it has been doing for the last five weeks.

By Daniel KimanziFriday, 10 Jun 2016 08:18 EAT

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has vowed to intensify its campaign to unseat current commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by staging two demos per week instead of one as it has been doing for the last five weeks.

CORD leader Raila Odinga, speaking at the protest of Monday June 6, said that “unless and until the Jubilee government agrees to sit down and negotiate with us we will be here next week, not one day but two days.”

The position was echoed by CORD co-principal Moses Wetangula, Senators Johnstone Muthama and James Orengo and Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat.

Amidst cheers and applause, Wetangula said, “When you lose public confidence in a public office you reconsider your position and leave. The Jubilee regime should know that the window for talking is quickly closing by the day. Lives of Kenyans lost in the process of this struggle are not in vain and Kenyans will not sit and watch another election under the current electoral body.”

Kanu's Salat cautioned the Jubilee government of a replication of the 2007 post-election violence[ PEV] if the IEBC stalemate was not addressed. “This is not a rehearsal, this is real, we’ll be back again on Monday and we will actually triple, not just double the number of demos per week,” he said.

The fifth anti- IEBC demonstrations by CORD were largely peaceful. The police stayed away from the streets only cordoning off the IEBC headquarters at Anniversary Towers. Water cannons and teargas were not used, in line with a court order to the police requiring the force to protect demonstrators. No cases of chaos were witnessed in the Nairobi CBD either.

The protesters, armed with twigs, blowing whistles and Vuvuzelas and chanting anti-IEBC slogans, assembled at Uhuru Park before proceeding to the CBD via Kenyatta Avenue and onward to University Way. The procession caused minimal traffic hitches.

Raila launched a booklet titled “Kenyan’s People Case against the IEBC” which he said contained information on how the 2013 elections were conducted. “There were two million extra ballot papers which cannot be accounted for,” he added.

After the demos, Raila thanked his supporters in Nairobi for upholding peace. “We’ve shown that without police provocation there is no violence,” he added.

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