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Stop the threats IEBC, lawmakers tell Opposition

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati on his part says they will not forfeit their right to seek protection from the courts on matters that need legal interpretation/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and a section of Jubilee MPs have accused the Opposition of intimidating independent institutions, after they threatened to boycott the August polls over a case pending in court.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati on his part says they will not forfeit their right to seek protection from the courts on matters that need legal interpretation.

He told the Opposition that any objections should follow due legal process.

“Our appeal at The Court of Appeal is in regard to seeking clarifications of the ruling of The High Court about declaration of results and interpretations of how that ruling aligns with articles of the Constitution of Kenya including Articles 138(3) and 138(10) and the implementation of amended sections 39 of the Elections Act.”

“We urge any players that may have an issue with our appeal to ask the courts to be enjoined in the case, or alternatively, await the completion of the case and seek a judicial intervention, if need be,” read a statement from the Commission.

And while addressing a news conference at Parliament Buildings, Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki said NASA must allow Kenyans to exercise their democratic rights.

“We have seen a very dangerous trend from our competitors in the Opposition every time they feel the political heat is too much on them, they try to intimidate institutions but we are telling them to concentrate on looking for votes and not expect that everyone else will bend over backward to accommodate their thoughts.”

“We are watching… we are waiting to see whether the Judiciary will fall into the whims of NASA because they have been threatened, which is in itself a direct threat to the rule of law,” Kindiki asserted.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja noted that as a national leader, Raila Odinga should be ensuring that Kenyans grow their faith and confidence in independent institutions.

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“If we discard the rule of law in this country, then we will have nothing else to hold on to,” Sakaja cautioned.

They were reacting to Sunday’s statement by NASA leaders who threatened to boycott the August 8 elections if IEBC pursues the appeal against presidential results at the constituency level being final.

“The question for us, is what is the motive? There must be a greater motive; than just looking for good. It must be that these people are interested in cooking results at the constituency level; announce it at their parallel tallying centre and they don’t want anybody to subject them to any scrutiny,” Murkomen noted.


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