, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has challenged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to assure Kenyans that it is in control of the election process.
Mudavadi who spoke after meeting the National Governing Council of the Matatu Owners Association said that the IEBC would be a letdown if it fails to deliver the next general election.
The DPM says that it is crucial for the electoral body to attain public confidence.
Mudavadi said: “We expect to have the election as planned and it will be very unfortunate if anything were to come in play to alter that date. It is vital that IEBC comes out with categorical statements that they are on top of things because any negative indication will send despair among the Kenyan people.”
The registration of voters was scheduled to begin on November 1 to November 30, but may be extended into December following the delayed acquisition of the voter registration kits.
Ikolomani MP Boni Khalwale who accompanied Mudavadi said that with the current circus over the acquisition of Biometric Voter Registration kits, the IEBC might fail to deliver the March 4, 2013 election.
Khalwale claimed that the company that was to deliver the kits is now in breach of the contract, demanding the full payment of Sh6 billion to deliver the kits even after receiving an initial Sh2.4 billion.
“If they have started playing around the way they are, it looks like they want to push back the date of the elections. The company was awarded through single sourcing and on the understanding that they were obviously able to deliver. How come they now want the whole amount?” he posed.