Neither did the petition present any contrary vote count numbers from the Odinga campaign’s polling agents and the touted parallel voter tabulation.

Any numbers presented outside the court to buttress claims of an Odinga victory seem to have been plucked out of thin air.

One would have to be living in a fool’s paradise to hold firmly to his own manufactured claims of electoral victory.

Of course, it serves both the Kenyatta and Odinga campaigns to re-energise and motivate their respective bases with tales of certain victory come second round.

VIOLENCE

The problem is, messages meant to bring out the vote are couched in terms of ‘victory or death’.

Both campaigns are preaching the gospel that defeat is out of the question and will only happen if the elections are rigged.

Ethnic mobilisation and hate speech is reaching fever pitch as supporters on both sides are primed to reject, violently if need be, an unfavourable outcome.

This is a situation probably more dangerous than that prevailing in the run-up to the August 8 General Election.

The situation is made worse by the fact that the electoral commission is now openly divided along what looks like the same Jubilee-Nasa fault lines.

RESIGN
Mr Chebukati and commissioner Roselyn Akombe are seen as Nasa favourites while vice-chair Consolata Maina and CEO Ezra Chiloba are perceived to lean towards Jubilee.

The honourable thing to do would be for all commissioners and secretariat staff whose neutrality is in question to resign immediately.

It is only a reconstructed IEBC enjoying the confidence of both sides that can be trusted with the repeat election.

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I see with satisfaction that the usual bunch of hate-speech mongers have attracted the attention of the law again.

I propose that, this time round, they be remanded at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison to share cells with hardcore ‘lifers’, who would salivate at the gift of ‘fresh meat’.

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