IEBC meeting with Jubilee, NASA aborts
The planned consultative meeting between the electoral commission, Jubilee Party and NASA failed to kick off on Tuesday after the opposition team walked out when Jubilee team failed to show up on time.
NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga, his running Kalonzo Musyoka together with co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula who turned up at the IEBC head offices in Nairobi further claimed that Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was not ready for the joint consultative meeting.
Musalia Mudavadi complained that IEBC presented them with an agenda document outlining, which they said they must go through before the structured talks.
“IEBC ambushed us with an eight page document and we couldn’t allow that. IEBC has to give us the said agenda earlier for us to go through it,” said Mudavadi.
However, the Jubilee side led by Deputy President William Ruto arrived at the IEBC headquarters few minutes later and left after a brief meeting with the electoral body.
“ We had scheduled a Parliamentary Group meeting that took longer than expected at State House before coming here,” explained DP Ruto.
“You see me here, so its a confirmation that we were not trying to avoid the meeting, we are committed…All we want is a free, fair and credible election,” said Ruto
While exuding confidence in IEBC to conduct the October 17 poll, Ruto urged the opposition to give the electoral commission space to conduct the elections election and respect their constitutional independence.
“It is our belief that the men and women selected as commissioners have what it takes. We have made it clear that as a party, we respect the independence of IEBC,” said Ruto
Jubilee has now urged IEBC to re-convene the meeting to Thursday, September 14 despite their heavy workload since they are still running the government.
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