NASA to hold daily demos from next week

NASA to hold daily demos from next week
NASA leader Raila Odinga adressing the press alongside a section of Gusii leaders at Capitol Hill on October 4

The National Super Alliance will from next week Monday hold daily protests against the electoral commission.

Speaking during an anti-IEBC protest in Nairobi on Wednesday, Siaya Senator James Orengo said the opposition coalition would continue mounting pressure for changes to be implemented at the electoral commission.

“From Monday they need to know the protests will be daily all over the country. We are not here to joke. If there are no reforms, there will be no elections,” said Orengo.

He also cautioned IEBC against holding an election that doesn’t include NASA leader Raila Odinga. Orengo clarified that Odinga has not withdrawn his presidential bid “entirely”, but had only opted out of the repeat poll set for October 26.

Last week, NASA increased its weekly protests against the poll body from two to three days.

On Tuesday, Mr Odinga announced his decision to pull out from the repeat presidential election accusing the IEBC of failing to address NASA’s ‘irreducible minimum’ demands.

The Opposition leader noted that IEBC has “refused, neglected or failed to put in place mechanisms to correct illegalities and irregularities cited by Supreme Court during the nullification of the August election.”

According to the NASA coalition, the electoral commission has been acting in bad faith, citing among other issues, the retention of service providers such as technology firm Safran/OT Morpho and printer Al Ghurair which NASA has accused of being complicit in bungling of the August poll.

Odinga’s unprecedented move to quit only 14 days to the election day has plunged the country into a period of political uncertainty with the electoral commission yet to announce the next step.

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