Jubilee leaders insist October 26th poll still on despite Odinga withdrawal
Jubilee party leaders led by President Uhuru Kenyatta have insisted that there will be a repeat presidential poll on the 26th of October whether the NASA presidential candidate withdraws from the race or not. The new stance comes in the wake of NASA coalition’s withdrawal from the polls citing IEBC’s unpreparedness to deliver a free fair, credible and verifiable election.
Speaking in Voi last evening after a successful tour of the Coast region , President Uhuru and his Deputy William Ruto reiterated that the NASA coalition withdrawal from the race was null and void and that they are ready to take oath of office if the IEBC declares Uhuru Kenyatta president for lack of a competitor.
‘We don’t have time for empty rhetoric and divisive politics. Our agenda is to fulfill our promises to the Kenyan people. What is the justice in the act of withdrawing from an election after causing Kenyans to use Kenya shillings 12 billion? Democracy is for all and no single individual can stand in the way of the democratic right of the people,’
said President Uhuru in Voi.
NASA in a statement delivered by co-principals Raila odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula noted that the validity of the checklist of the requirements for free and fair elections proposed by NASA had not been disputed by anyone, not by the IEBC, not by Jubilee or other actors and observers. The EU Observer Mission recommendations are in conformity with its ‘irreducible minimum but instead, the case for proceeding with the fresh election on 26 October without these changes were being made on the grounds of time constraints.
The statement further claimed Jubilee are saying “bora uchaguzi” (any election will do) while the NASA brigade is calling for “uchaguzi bora” (a credible election).
‘After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election, considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large, we believe that all will be best served by NASA vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017,’
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is however yet to give direction on the validity of the October 26th poll after NASA’s withdrawal. As at last night, the commission was still in consultations with its lawyers and are yet to give a reaction to the unfolding events.
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