NASA threatens to boycott October polls

NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga together with running mate Stephen Kalonzo during a past rally. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga has stated he will not participate in fresh presidential polls slated for 17th next month unless IEBC makes reforms among the officials.

Speaking in Nairobi on Tuesday, the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader said there was no need for the IEBC to hold elections before changes are made.

“We are not ready to go to elections without legal guarantees.We exactly know what transpired in the last elections.We know what IEBC did,” he added.

He further accused IEBC for dishonesty saying it was to have a meeting with them on when elections will be held but later the commission went ahead and announced a new date.

“Matiang’i recommended that elections be held in October because of examinations. So it is jubilee that therefore decided on the date of the election which puts to question the independence of IEBC,” he stated.

The Nasa chief added that they propose elections be held between 24th and 31st of October.

Raila also said IEBC has no powers to prevent other presidential candidates from contesting in the polls since the Supreme Court ordered for fresh elections but not a re-run.

The opposition chief was flanked by his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula.

On Tuesday, IEBC through a statement signed by Wafula Chebukati said that the fresh elections as ordered by the Supreme Court will be held on October 17.