NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7 – Cherangany MP and former presidential advisor Joshua Kutuny is urging the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to engage in a highly engaging and transparent consultative process as it prepares for the October 17 fresh presidential election.
Addressing a news conference at Parliament Buildings, Kutuny urged dialogue and peace-building to ensure that Kenya holds a free, fair and credible election as ordered by the Supreme Court.
“There is need therefore for intervention and thorough consultation with stakeholders in the selection of the team that will manage repeat presidential elections,” he said.
His plea comes as both President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party and Raila Odinga’s National Super Alliance have called on the poll agency to facilitate quick talks that will help build consensus and confidence around the preparations, processes and actions leading to the holding of the fresh presidential election.
Both the Jubilee Party and NASA have rejected electoral officials appointed by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to supervise the fresh poll, citing partisanship.
“After publication of the names of your election project team, we have received credible information that in the list are people known to be partisan,” a letter by Jubilee Party Secretary Raphael Tuju, date September 6, reads in part.
Tuju singled out the head of the special team named to oversee the election – Deputy CEO in charge of Support Services, Marjan Hussein Marjan – as one such individual.
In his letter, Tuju argues that Marjan and his team cannot be trusted to deliver a credible election.
NASA on their part opposed the personnel changes saying will have no impact as long as the electoral transmission systems are not managed properly to assure stakeholders of a credible, fair and transparent election occasioned by the Supreme Court nullifying the August 8 presidential election results.
In Tuesday’s statement, Chebukati said the individuals would lead the project to deliver the October 17 fresh election that will be a two-man race pitting President Kenyatta against his main challenger Odinga.
project team constituted by the Commission includes Sidney Namulungu who will head operations, Nancy Kariuki (logistics), Bernard Moseti (training), Albert Gogo (ICT) and Silas Rotich who will man the National Tallying Centre.
Chebukati also made it clear that he will directly supervise the technology component of the presidential election which had been assigned to Gogo.
National Super Alliance leaders have disputed the October 17 date and are instead proposing October 24 or 31.
IEBC gazetted October 17 as the date of the gruelling rematch, locking out other six contestants in the race.
Officials at the Commission are expected to hold meetings with representatives of the Jubilee Party and National Super Alliance.
The Commission’s decision to gazette President Kenyatta and Odinga as the only candidates for the fresh poll has however received criticism from Odinga himself and Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot who moved to the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking the interpretation of the Court’s decision ordering a new poll following the nullification of the August 8 presidential election.