Police deployed ahead of CORD protest at electoral commission

May 9, 2016 9:59 am
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The countrywide demonstrations by CORD are seeking to eject the IEBC officials in order to facilitate for a re-constituted commission/JOSEPH MURAYA
The countrywide demonstrations by CORD are seeking to eject the IEBC officials in order to facilitate for a re-constituted commission/JOSEPH MURAYA

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – There was heavy police presence at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission offices on Monday morning, ahead of renewed protests by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) against IEBC officials.

Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome told Capital FM News that the heavy security was in case the protesting crowd became unruly.

Overview
  • Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome told Capital FM News that the heavy security was in case the protesting crowd gets unruly.
  • While stating that under the Constitution Kenyans have the right to picket, he made it clear that they should only do so under the set boundaries.
  • “CORD does not have any documentation authorising their mass action, but as you know, the Constitution is clear regarding the right to picket and we will not stop them,” the police boss explained.

While stating that under the Constitution Kenyans have the right to picket, he made it clear that they should only do so under the set boundaries.

“CORD does not have any documentation authorising their mass action, but as you know, the Constitution is clear regarding the right to picket and we will not stop them,” the police boss explained.

“However, they should do so peacefully and not try to disrupt any business within the city. You have asked me about the security presence at the IEBC offices. We have our officers there and you should go and see for yourself,” he stated.

The countrywide demonstrations by CORD are seeking to eject the IEBC officials in order to facilitate a re-constituted commission.

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

The Siaya Senator insisted that the demonstrations will only be called off after all IEBC Commissioners have vacated office because they are biased towards the ruling Jubilee coalition and will rig the 2017 election in their favour.

Last week, IEBC Commissioners led by Chairman Issack Hassan 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

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