In Summary

  • Interviews with some of those charged with setting it up revealed that Nasa will on Thursday relay mock results in real time from 20 selected counties in a build-up to the General Election.

  • Individuals recruited in the “adopt a polling station” initiative will directly interact with the national office for the first time since they signed contracts a fortnight ago.

The National Super Alliance's parallel vote tallying centre will be tested next week.

Interviews with some of those charged with setting it up revealed that the political group will on Thursday relay mock results in real time from 20 selected counties in a build-up to the General Election.

Individuals recruited in the “adopt a polling station” initiative will directly interact with the national office for the first time since they signed contracts a fortnight ago.

GROUP'S CO-PRINCIPALS

Orange Democratic Movement presidential candidate Raila Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and the other three Nasa co-principals Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang’ula and Isaac Ruto are expected to be taken through how it will work by a team of local and foreign experts from Germany and South Africa in Nairobi’s Runda area.

A member of the team at the centre of the preparations hinted that to ensure the system is able to withstand attacks from cyber terrorists, they had procured services of known hacking sites to gauge its integrity and resilience last week. The source said they are satisfied it will fit the bill.

Alongside its nationwide campaigns, Nasa considers the assembling of the equipment the pinnacle of its push to dislodge President Uhuru Kenyatta from power in an election already shrouded in suspicion with Mr Odinga stating he will not accept the outcome if in their judgement the process is flawed.

RULED OUT

To stoke further anxiety, the former Prime Minister has in the past ruled out the option of challenging such results in the courts in what piles more pressure on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to deliver credible elections.

On Saturday, Mr Mudavadi who is also the head of National Campaign Committee told the Nation that as far as the tallying centre is concerned, they were good to go.

“The centre is as good as ready,” he said adding they will pitch tent in Nyamira on Sunday to drum up support for the Nasa coalition.

Sources told the Nation that the Nasa leadership had prioritised Nyamira following murmurs of discontent from the locals who felt that the opposition chief was taking their support for granted at a time when Jubilee is pulling all stops to penetrate the region.

HOMA BAY

On Monday, Nasa will be in Homa Bay, which hosted President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto last Wednesday.

Mr Mudavadi will lead the Nasa brigade back to Western Kenya counties on Tuesday and Wednesday before converging with his colleagues in Kitui on Thursday. They will then head to Mr Ruto’s North Rift backyard at the weekend.

Mr Kenyatta and his deputy will on the other hand be taking their campaigns to the coast starting Sunday.

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