KENYA: Raila Odinga Calls For Reforms In Independent Electoral And Boundaries Commission (IEBC)

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The Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga on Thursday, May 19, 2016 declared that there will be no elections in Kenya next year if the government does not change the Independent Electoral And Boundaries commission officials.

The former Kenyan prime minister has shown no confidence in the current electoral commission’s senior officials by describing them as biased.

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) , leader said this when he was addressing his followers in Malindi where they were obtaining court orders restraining the government from harassing and intimidating its leaders.

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Odinga has been holding demonstrations with his party members to demand  the removal of the commissioners whom he thinks that they don’t take their task professionally.

“We must remove the biased officials so that we should  have fair elections. If the referee is one of the players then you can’t have a fair contest, therefore they should bring change in the electoral commission first for a better and fair contest”, said Odinga.

The opposition leader has insisted that if they stay put there will never be elections, unless they have changed the officials.

In response to the statement raised by Raila Odinga, the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta has rubbished the claims by saying he doesn’t have the mandate to change the senior officials of the electoral commission, but its only the court which can deal with the matter.

“Even if they continue to demonstrate, even if they demonstrate the whole year, I don’t have the power to disband the electoral commission, I have no power to change the constitution of the country and  I have no power to remove the chair of the commission. If I do so, the common citizen will go to court and the court will say the president has broken the law”, said Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenya will be holding elections in 2017 and the rivalry between the reigning party, The National Alliance and the opposition’s Coalition For Reforms and Democracy is growing day by day.


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