No team calls for extra vigilance

August 3, 2010 12:00 am

, NYAHURURU, Kenya, Aug 3 – Opponents of the proposed Constitution have called on the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) to be extra vigilant during the referendum to avoid cases of vote rigging.

The leaders from Rift Valley province said there was a need for the electoral commission to observe caution and be alert to shun any electoral malpractices that may jeopardize the referendum results.

Led by Former Presidents Daniel arap Moi’s son Gideon, the leaders also said the No camp will also be on the look out to ensure the voting is done in a peaceful manner with interference from anyone.

Mr Moi said it was high time for the IIEC to demonstrate impartiality and its independency and also called on the Yes camp to accept the result should the No team wins.

The leaders however questioned why the IIEC was not using the transparent ballot boxes despite having been supplied with them on time.

“Why did the IIEC fail to use the transparent ballot boxes whereas we have been told that the boxes have already been supplied to the electoral commission?” he wondered.

The former Baringo Central MP made the remarks on Monday as he conducted the final campaign rallies at Muchongoi, Marigat and Kabel areas in Marigat district.

Mr Moi was accompanied by Baringo Central MP Sammy Mwaita, Charles Keter (Belgut) and KANU Secretary General Nick Salat where they urged residents to turn out in large numbers during the voting day in order to ensure that draft Constitution is shot down.

The leaders questioned why the government had deployed excess security personnel in the area saying there was no sign of violence in the region.

They said Kenyans have learnt the need to remain peaceful and therefore would not cause chaos.

Mr Keter said they were not anticipating any incidents of insecurity, noting that there was an overwhelming support by all stakeholders in the area to maintain peace.


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