, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14 – Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot has now welcomed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission decision to include other candidates in the October 26 presidential election, a day after he took issue with said decision.
At a press briefing, Aukot also said that he is “somewhat confident” that the IEBC will conduct a free and fair election based on his interactions with the electoral body on Friday.
“I am not making an excuse for IEBC, but on a balance of probability, we are satisfied that they will conduct a free and fair election. We cannot expect to hold a perfect election; there can never be such, either here or elsewhere. All we want is for IEBC to make known to the people, just like they did to us, how they will conduct this election,” Aukot said.
Aukot also said it is about time Kenya went to the election and put it behind them seeing the adverse effects the electioneering period has had on the economy and the country in general.
“The current political impasse has worsened an already bad economic situation; millions of Kenyans are still struggling to procure one meal a day. As politicians play raw power games towards the repeat election of October 26, the ordinary citizen is going to bed hungry; others are suffering the ravages of drought while some are being bankrupted by the current economic crisis. The economy of this country is in the ICU,” he added.
Aukot also expressed his concerns about the healthcare crisis which is characterised by the months-long strike by nurses’, the interference of the elections on education and the “lawlessness with public officers abusing their powers.”
“We are also concerned that, as the political class continues to fight over the repeat polls, many Kenyans die daily without response from government. Many die every day because of biting drought and failed healthcare.”
Aukot on Wednesday secured High Court orders for his inclusion in the repeat poll after successfully challenging IEBC’s gazettement of President Uhuru Kenyatta (Jubilee) and National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga as the only candidates.