In Summary
  • Earlier, the Nasa leaders walked out of an IEBC meeting convened by Mr Chebukati.
  • Mr Musyoka said the commission had become complicit and called for the prosecution of its top officials.

Nasa on Tuesday pegged its participation in the fresh election on the sacking of the electoral commission’s chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba.

It also rejected a blueprint for the October 17 election prepared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The commission has made various proposals to change the way the election was conducted, mainly in response to Nasa’s conditions.

NASA DEMANDS
The re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta was nullified by the Supreme Court but because the commission did not follow the law in conducting it.

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga accused the commission of failing to meet the conditions set by the Opposition and which would have addressed the issues that arose from his successful petition. The full ruling is yet to be given.

The Jubilee Party withdrew the conditions it had spelt out ahead of the poll and said they will not interfere in the commission’s mandate to prepare for the exercise.

Jubilee leaders have frequently accused Nasa of placing roadblocks on elections, claiming that the Opposition is not really interested in polls, but in a unity government.

IEBC SERVERS
Mr Odinga and co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula also gave an ultimatum to the commission to give them access to its servers as ordered by the Supreme Court, ahead of the election.

Speaking during a rally in Kibra, Mr Odinga also called for the publication of responses to an internal memo by the commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati to Mr Chiloba, seeking clarifications on the irregularities committed in the August 8 elections.

Mr Odinga said the coalition had resolved not to participate in the polls should the commission fail to comply with the directions issued by the Supreme Court.

“We want to tell IEBC that if these conditions are not met, there will be no election come October. IEBC cannot pretend to be united,” Mr Odinga said at Kamkunji grounds.

“The Supreme Court had ordered the commission to give us access to its servers but the commission refused.”

RIGGING
Earlier, the Nasa leaders walked out of an IEBC meeting convened by Mr Chebukati at the commission’s headquarters in Anniversary Towers, protesting a nine-page agenda and Jubilee no-show.

Mr Musyoka said the commission had become complicit and called for the prosecution of its top officials.

“Nasa is opposed to Ezra Chiloba being part of the October elections,” he said.

Mr Mudavadi wondered why Mr Chiloba was sticking to his job at the commission when “the jury is out there that Ezra Chiloba must go because of his role in rigging the elections”.

AL GHURAIR
Jubilee backed the commission, saying its independence should be respected by all parties.

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