I won’t take part in IEBC poll, Raila declares boycott?

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Raila campaigning in Machakos County

Kenya opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has reiterated that the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition will not participate in the October 17 election as announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Raila who was Saturday campaigning in Narok, a town west of Nairobi and Ntulele, a settlement in Narok County, is quoted by Kenya’s Standard newspaper saying Nasa has lost faith in the Commission.

He hit at President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto saying the duo will not force the opposition into the polls with a faulty IEBC.

“We cannot be forced by Uhuru and Ruto into going into the poll if our conditions will not have been met. IEBC messed us up and we cannot entrust our votes to them again,” Raila told a rally in Narok County.

Kenyatta, Ruto mock Raila

Speaking in Gilgil town and Naivasha on Friday, Kenyatta said opposition leader Raila Odinga should drop his bid to complicate and delay the repeat presidential election because Kenyans want to move forward.

Kenyatta said the opposition leader should be ready for the repeat polls ordered by the courts and whose date has already been set by the IEBC.

“IEBC is an independent commission. You are not supposed to take instructions from me and certainly not from Raila. Prepare for the election so that Kenyans can once again exercise their right to choose their leader,” said the President.

The President said the opposition leader is free to opt out of the repeat polls if he has developed cold feet.

Deputy President William Ruto said the President will win with a bigger margin than he did on August 8.

“We defeated you on August 8 and we will defeat you again with a bigger margin. The same Kenyans who rejected you on August 8 will do the same again,” the DP told the opposition leader.

“We are doing Raila and his friends in the courts a favour by participating in the repeat elections because we won,” said the DP.

Raila fires back

Addressing a series of rallies in Ewaso Nyiro, Narok town and Ntulele trading center on Saturday, the former Prime Minister warned the President against threatening the opposition saying that he lost executive powers after the August 8 General Election.

He said Kenyans are no longer blind and have vowed to elect NASA as the next government.

“I want to tell Uhuru to stop threatening me that he is the President. I want to remind him that his powers ended on August 8,” Raila is quoted by KTN telling his supporters.

He added: “He [Kenyatta] is not Kenya as I also represent many Kenyans and we are not in a dictatorial state.”

IEBC releases poll time table

Meanwhile, the electoral commission has released a revised timetable with leading to the October 17 repeat presidential election in compliance with the Supreme Court judgment.

The new timetable quoted by Daily Nation bears revised elections results framework, certification of the voters’ register, upgraded technology for elections, recruitment, training and deployment of staff, voter education and Election Day operations.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, while releasing the timetable, said the commission had submitted to the National Treasury a draft budget for consideration and called on those concerned to expeditiously allocate funds to allow for implementation for key tasks ahead, especially those related to ICT and training.

He said the initial observation from the bungled August 8 elections had revealed that political parties did not coordinate the deployment of their agents and in some locations there were none.

He urged the candidates to ensure their agents are well versed in technology and to finalise the list of those who will represent them in the polling stations, constituency and the national tallying centre and submit the same to the respective offices before October 3.

Agencies

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