In Summary
  • Mr Odinga said should they not participate, the election will be “a Jubilee affair”.
  • He noted it is foolhardy for the commission to fail to comply with directions issued by the Supreme Court.

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga has said the opposition will not boycott the repeat presidential poll but insisted they will participate only after the electoral commission addresses a raft of demands they have made.

Mr Odinga stated that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is not able to conduct the October 17 poll as currently constituted.

He said in an interview with KTN on Tuesday night that for the election to be transparent, their demands must be addressed.

“We are not boycotting the election. We said we want to participate but under certain conditions that will ensure the election will be free, fair and credible,” Mr Odinga said.

JUBILEE AFFAIR

“An election requires contest between parties. We want to go to an election when the playing field is level. Last time it was not and the evidence we produced in court was enormous. We are not ready to go back to a charade and would rather have no election,” he added.

Nasa had on Tuesday pegged its participation in the repeat elections on the sacking of IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba.

In the interview, Mr Odinga said should they not participate, the election will be “a Jubilee affair” but added there is sufficient time for IEBC to make proper preparations for the poll.

TRANSPARENT

Asked if there is a possibility of a political settlement if no repeat election is held, the Nasa flag bearer said he was not interested in a unity government as claimed by Jubilee leaders.

“We don’t want a nusu mkate government. We know we will win in the elections if they are held in a transparent manner. We don’t want to share.

“And if we lose fairly we will accept the results but we don’t to go to an election where the referee is also a player in the field, we want a neutral one,” Mr Odinga said.

The former prime minister also declined to comment on whether he would call for mass demonstrations if IEBC does not address their concerns saying “we will deal with that when time comes.

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