The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) held its first National Executive Committee (NEC) of meeting of the year 2016 on Tuesday with scathing attacks directed to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC and Jubilee government.
The Party top organ accused the commission of being party to the planned riggings of 2017 general elections allegedly being hatched by Jubilee.
In a statement released by the Party Secretary General Ababu Namwamba after the meeting, ODM strongly accused IEBC of an intention to favor Jubilee zones and asked the commission to exercise highest levels of integrity in all its activities.
Claiming there is indications that the Commission could be party to a conspiracy for early rigging of the 2017 general election, the party rallied behind calls by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) for transparency, credibility, openness and fairness in the forthcoming mass voter registration exercise.
“Indications that the IEBC intends to favor Jubilee zones by assigning more BVR kits compared to CORD zones, their non committal to opening up the voter registration exercise to international observers, the involvement of NIS officers as clerks in the voter registration, among others, are pointers that the Commission could be party to a conspiracy for early rigging of the 2017 general election. ODM will not allow this to happen.” Ababu said through the statement.
ODM also rejected the plan by IEBC to conduct voter registration at Ward level with only two BVR kits manned by only two clerks per Ward.
“IIEBC claims this is due to budgetary constraints, having a budget of only Ksh. 500M for the exercise. We reject this attempt to disenfranchise Kenyans and demand that voter registration be done at the Polling Station with enough BVR kits and personnel. Better reduce the number of days but reach all Kenyans.” said Ababu.
The ODM NEC also expressed dissatisfaction with the manner in which institutions of accountability and integrity are handling graft cases in the country.
”Ranging from the multi-billion Eurobond scam to the IEBC ‘chickengate’ scandal, it is clear that the Jubilee administration abets corruption. We fully support our party leader Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga’s stand and of CORD in demanding that the government explains how money from the Eurobond was spent, the projects to which it was allocated and who ate what. In any case, we believe the truth shall not for long remain concealed.” He added
On teachers, ODM said its dismayed with the manner the government continues to mistreat them and demanded that the government Instruct the Teachers Service Commission to remit teachers forthwith all contributions to KNUT and KUPPET for the months of October, November and December 2015 unconditionally..
“ Last year’s ruling by Justice Nelson Abuodha gave TSC 90 days to settle the salary increase matter with the teachers, but to date, the government has done nothing to resolve the impasse.“ Ababu said
The party also asked the government to instruct the TSC to implement the 50-60 percent pay increase to teachers as directed by the court with immediate effect and backdate to the date of award as well as order the TSC to hold formal discussions with the Teachers Unions with the view of averting another teachers strike.
Further, the party condemned attempts by the Jubilee government to use draconian laws to emasculate and control religious organizations.
“We shall resist their attempt to constrict freedom of worship. It is unconstitutional and must be resisted by all means possible.”