CORD to hold peaceful protests at IEBC offices countrywide

May 8, 2016 6:45 pm
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CORD Coalition Management Board Co-Chair James Orengo said the demonstrations will take place on Monday starting at 10 am at the IEBC Headquarters at the Anniversary Towers and all its offices at the Counties/FILE
CORD Coalition Management Board Co-Chair James Orengo said the demonstrations will take place on Monday starting at 10 am at the IEBC Headquarters at the Anniversary Towers and all its offices at the Counties/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 8 – The CORD coalition has announced the resumption of its nationwide demonstrations to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) offices to eject its officials out of office in order to facilitate for a re-constituted commission.

CORD Coalition Management Board Co-Chair James Orengo said the demonstrations will take place on Monday starting at 10 am at the IEBC Headquarters at the Anniversary Towers and all its offices at the Counties.

The Siaya Senator insisted that the demonstrations will be called off only after all IEBC commissioners have vacated office because they are biased to the ruling Jubilee Coalition and will rig the election in their favour.

“Our mission is nothing other than creating an electoral infrastructure that ensures that every vote counts and every vote is counted, that elections are free, fair and credible and truly represents the will of the people of Kenya,” Orengo told a media briefing.

IEBC Commissioners led by their Chairman Issack Hassan had last week hit back saying they are ready to resign if CORD leader Raila Odinga proves they have been compromised by the Jubilee government.

READ: IEBC Commissioners ready to quit if Raila proves his claims – Hassan

While terming the claims as false, Hassan stated that the Commission has been subjected to extreme injustices and falsehoods which have created a negative image against them.

Orengo clarified that they will not be contempt of court orders issued on Friday, in which the CORD Co-principals and their supporters were stopped ‘from breaking into, storming, forcibly opening the doors or blocking such access to the IEBC commissioner’s and IEBC staff premises’.

“We wish to remind all Kenyans that our planned protests are absolutely legal and we have the backing of the courts. You all recall that the courts last week gave us the green light to proceed with the protests and to keep the peace. We appeal to security officers not to engage in acts of provocation. Keeping the peace was always and will always be part of our plan,” he said.

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