No breakthrough in IEBC talks, says Raila

No breakthrough in IEBC talks, says Raila
NASA leader Raila Odinga adressing the press alongside a section of Gusii leaders at Capitol Hill on October 4

National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said that the coalition’s demonstrations against the electoral commission will continue until the poll body addresses their demands.

Speaking at the Okoa Kenya Secretariat in Lavington in Nairobi County, the NASA principal says that the coalition is yet to come to an agreement with  the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission regarding the ‘irreducible minimum’ demands.

“Let no one cheat you that NASA has come into an agreement with IEBC, and in light of that we have agreed to continue with peaceful protests across the country on Mondays and Fridays in accordance with the Constitution,” the NASA leader said.

The former Prime Minister said that as it stands, NASA has no faith whatsoever in IEBC and has accused the ruling Jubilee Party of vilifying ‘independent’ institutions while protecting embattled electoral chief executive officer, Ezra Chiloba.

“We must protect institutions like the Supreme Court which are standing up for our country in line with the Constitution. Jubilee is using institutions like the DCI to investigate Supreme Court Registrar, Esther Nyaiyaki, while defending those who failed on August 8,” Raila said.

This comes after IEBC held a consultative meeting on Tuesday, October 3, with NASA and Jubilee regarding preparations for the repeat presidential election.

The commission’s chairperson Wafula Chebukati, however, had a different opinion after the meeting saying that he had a ’fruitful’ meeting.

“We had a fruitful meeting with Jubilee and NASA. Jubilee does not have any irreducible minimum demands. They are only insisting that the election must be held on October 26 while we have addressed the issues raised by NASA, but we have not reduced our response to their demands in writing,” Chebukati said.

He said that the commission will publish its response to NASA’s demands in print and online media later this week.

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