, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 9 – The National Alliance (TNA) elections board has pledged to work with its rival Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) in identifying separate polling stations for the forthcoming January 17 nomination exercise, to avert a possible clash between their supporters.
At a meeting with Members of Parliament allied to TNA on Wednesday, chairman Johnson Sakaja said TNA would meet with CORD and other parties to work out an agreeable deal that would ensure Thursday’s nominations were not marred by violence.
Sakaja also appealed to political parties to uphold the principle of fairness while conducting their mini-polls.
“We will sit down with the election boards of other parties to agree on the polling centres that will be used by different parties so that we don’t have the same polling centres to avoid any ugly scenarios,” he said.
TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo had earlier asked their opponents’ supporters to stay away from polling stations assigned to TNA.
Oloo told Capital FM News that the alliance would not condone any acts of violence from its side urging their opponents to do the same.
“We do not expect any collision with any other party unless they probably come to conduct their nominations in places that are reserved for the Jubilee Alliance and TNA in areas where we are going solo,” he noted.
Oloo further revealed that TNA had identified several polling stations that would facilitate their mini poll including churches, social halls and chiefs’ camps.
He added that each sub-location will have a TNA polling station while assuring members of a free and fair process.
“In some areas we will be using polling stations as identified by the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) but in other areas we have combined them so that we have fewer stations,” he explained.
He however noted that the polling stations that had been identified so far could change as the advisory committees continued analysing the needs on the ground.
The alliance also urged the president to declare January 17 a public holiday to accommodate the mini-polls.
“We want many Kenyans to be part of this undertaking because it will determine the leadership of this country. We therefore want to appeal to the government to declare the day a holiday,” said Sakaja.
TNA also unveiled its five-member elections board on Wednesday.
Stephen Omenge, Winnie Guchu, Samson Ndolo, Peter Njenga and Athman Chigudzu have all been appointed to the board. Omenge will chair the board while Guchu comes in as the secretary.
“We as members of the board accept this singular responsibility to help TNA ensure that the elections are going to be transparent, fair and accountable in a manner that is consonant with the values that are highly articulated in the Constitution,” he said.
Oloo also challenged them to deliver and ensure that the forthcoming nominations lived up to Kenyans’ expectations.
“There are no sacred cows in TNA. Go ye forth, fear no man and discharge your duties. As a party we are fully behind you,” he quipped.