CORD under fire over alleged plans to establish ‘parallel poll’ body


Kipchumba Murkomen
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (C)at Milimani AIC Church, West Pokot County. Photo/December 04, 2016.

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has come under fierce attack over alleged plans to establish a parallel elections’ body during the 2017 polls.

Jubilee leaders led by Deputy President William Ruto and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, challenged the opposition coalition to respect the constitutionally established body to conduct the elections and support it to oversee free, fair and credible elections.

“It is our responsibility as Kenyans, as political parties and as political leaders to support constitutional bodies including IEBC to deliver credible elections,” said the Deputy President.

The Jubilee leaders were speaking at Milimani Africa Inland Church (AIC) Karas, West Pokot County, during ordination of the Church Bishop, David Kaseton, and his deputy Phillip Nguriareng.

Senator Murkomen condemned the opposition leader for ostensibly skipping a leadership summit co-organised by the Kenya Private Sector Association (KEPSA) and the two Houses of Parliament; the National Assembly and the Senate in Kwale County where stakeholders in the country’s electoral process committed to peaceful and transparent elections.

Murkomen added that the Jubilee Party has confidence in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and is ready to accept the peoples’ choice in next years’ General Election.

The deputy president insisted on the need to hold peaceful elections saying that every Kenyan ‘individually and collectively’ has the responsibility to ensure that next years’ elections would not be marred by violence.

“The elections in Kenya must be peaceful unconditionally and it is our responsibility as Kenyans,” added DP Ruto.

Senator Murkomen said that the Jubilee Party has confidence in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and is ready to accept the peoples’ choice in next years’ General Election.

“We want to swear before the church bishop that never again will any person lose his live fighting for a political leader to ascend to power,” said the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator.

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