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Wednesday, 04 Oct 2017 14:28 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
With barely 21 days left before the October 26 repeat elections, the opposition coalition NASA has said that its conditions for a free election have not been met. Speaking at a meeting with Kisii community leaders at the Okoa Kenya this afternoon, NASA leader Raila Odinga said that IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati only gave the coalition a list of preparatory steps the commission had taken in readiness for the elections while not addressing NASA's concerns at all.
"Our position remains clear that IEBC must meet the minimum conditions we set. What they gave us was a matrix of issues," Raila told journalists in response to a question about the progress in talks between the coalition and IEBC commissioners last evening. IEBC had called for a meeting between itself and the two presidential candidates, but President Uhuru Kenyatta snubbed the event, sending his deputy William Ruto. Raila had attended, accompanied by top NASA principals.
Speaking this afternoon, Raila rejected the notion that NASA should accept to go into the elections since Jubilee is already satisfied with preparations by the IEBC. "Jubilee are fully in bed with IEBC. They were declared winners of the August 8 elections when they were not the rightful winners and therefore they have no problem with IEBC," he told a journalist. "IEBC should do a soul-searching and address the concerns by NASA."
Raila said that NASA was engaging in a wide-ranging fight for human rights and justice, and he condemned the recent attack by GSU officers against University of Nairobi students.
Dagoretti North Simba Arati who led the Kisii leaders at the meeting with Raila declared that NASA would win overwhelmingly in the Kisii region, describing the community's leaders who have recently defected to Jubilee and held talks with President Kenyatta in Nairobi and Nakuru as selfish leaders.