Duale asks IEBC to get its act together ahead of poll

September 8, 2017 5:23 pm
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Speaking at Parliament buildings on Friday the Garissa Township lawmaker pleaded with the electoral body to put an end to what he described as sideshows and focus on the election preparations/COSMUS MWONGELA

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8 – National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to put its house in order and assure Kenyans that they are well prepared to conduct the fresh presidential election slated for October 17.

Speaking at Parliament buildings on Friday the Garissa Township lawmaker pleaded with the electoral body to put an end to what he described as sideshows and focus on the election preparations.

“As Jubilee we are not interested between the war going on between the chair and his commissioners, we do not care about the leaked memos and any other documents; stop the sideshows and prepare for elections,” said Duale.

With slightly over a month left before Kenyans yet again head to the ballot to choose their preferred presidential candidate after the Supreme Court nullified the August 8 poll, Duale called on the leadership of the electoral body to affirm the country of their preparedness to handle the election.

“Chebukati should address the nation and tell Kenyans that his Commission is ready to conduct the fresh presidential election as ordered by the Supreme Court,” said Duale.

Duale’s sentiments follow a leaked memo seen by Capital FM News on Thursday, written by IEBC Chairman Chebukati demanding an explanation from the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer, Ezra Chiloba for the irregularities that led to the nullification of the August 8 presidential poll.

Since the leaked memo, there have been reports of sharp division among the Commissioners with some disowning the document saying that the contents of the memo were not discussed in any of their plenary sessions and was therefore not sanctioned by the Commission.

At the same time, Duale accused the Opposition of deceiving Kenyans by asking for campaign donations ahead of the October 17 fresh presidential election.

“I was shocked to see our rivals seeking for donations and not for votes, we us Jubilee we are busy campaigning but they are busy fleecing money from Kenyans. Kenyans must ignore these fraudsters,” said Duale.

On Friday, Raila Odinga led his co-principals in asking Kenyans for donations to fund his presidential campaign with him urging his supporters to buy tickets that will take them to Canaan by sending any amount of money

Duale further said the Jubilee Party is ready for the election and expressed confidence that his party leader, Kenyatta will beat Odinga with a clear margin which will be undisputed.

“I want to tell our competitors that Kenyatta will win with more than 70pc of votes cast, let them watch this space,” said Duale.

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