CORD wants United Nations to conduct next year’s elections

CORD wants United Nations to conduct next year's elections

A section of the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leaders now want the United Nations to preside over the August 8, 2017 General Election saying that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cannot be trusted.

The MPs, led by Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja Town), George Oner (Rangwe) and Oburu Oginga (nominated), said that the IEBC is not ready to preside over the coming elections.

Wandayi argued that IEBC is already compromised and has been working with the ruling Jubilee Administration to steal the 2017 election.

He said that the United Nations cannot be compromised by any faction and would easily ensure a free, fair and transparent election.

“The United Nations coming in to preside over our elections will not only be to avert a catastrophe,” noted Wandayi, who accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of staging a civilian coup by allegedly pushing for the amendment of the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2015.

“He (President Kenyatta) changed electoral laws that were reached thorough negotiations in Parliament without consulting anyone. He did this to ensure he rigs the 2017 election.”

“The people saw what happened in Gambia where East and West African countries have given the Gambian President up to January 19, 2017 to vacate office. This should be a big warning to President Uhuru Kenyatta,” added Wandayi.

The outspoken Member of Parliament said the opposition is ready to go back to the streets starting January 4, 2017 if the decision by Jubilee MPs to change the election laws to re-introduce manual voter identification and transmission of election results is not reversed.

“When former Senegal President tried to change the electoral laws for his re-election, the people were so unhappy and resorted to setting Parliament on fire. When you are a President, it does not give you authority to step over your citizens and control the country as if it is your personal property.”

Rangwe MP, George Oner, said the country is not ready for another five years of discrimination, theft of public resources, tribalism and nepotism.

“We will not go to any election where voters are dead, people must be identified biometrically, and they must be alive to vote .Everybody knows what has happened to the economy,” he said.

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