NASA sets out terms and conditions for participation in Oct 17 poll

September 14, 2017 (1 week ago) 7:37 pm
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Mudavadi flanked by the NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka/COURTESY

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – The National Super Alliance has issued the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission with pre-conditions to be met before they participate in the forthcoming presidential election.

The Head of the Campaign Secretariat Musalia Mudavadi during a press conference on Thursday said that the pre-conditions are necessary for free, fair and credible elections.

“We restate that a credible election cannot be achieved by cosmetic exercises intended to ring fence vote-riggers and vote-rigging,” Mudavadi said.

He said that they are ready to participate in the election if the following conditions are addressed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision: transparent use of and access to ICT; replacement of “irredeemable” personnel who they are convinced abetted electoral fraud and their crimes; gazettement of polling stations and live media coverage of results declaration at the 290 constituency tallying centres in the same manner as done at the national tallying center.

Mudavadi was categorical that they will not be participating in the poll if their ‘irreducible minimums’ are not met by the IEBC/COURTESY

Otherwise, Mudavadi said that IEBC cannot be trusted to deliver a credible election giving as an indication the “unmoved” stance taken by the Commission following the Supreme Court finding that the August 8 presidential poll was marred by irregularities and illegalities as demonstrated by their failure to make changes to their personnel.

“As we have pointed out before, our experience with IEBC does not inspire confidence,” stated Mudavadi.

The question of meeting with the electoral commision to have a discussion on how to ensure fair ground for the election, Mudavadi stated that the meeting wasn’t successful rather they were bombarded with a document titled ‘status update on the commission preparedness for the fresh presidential election’, “that we had never been informed about.”

“NASA is not interested in boardroom meetings with IEBC,” added Mudavadi.

After the historic overturning of the presidential election by the Supreme Court, many reactions have resulted from across the political divide with some praising the Chief Justice and others criticising his judgement.

“If the conditions are not met we will not boycott, there will be no election,” Mudavadi stated categorically.

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