Raila arrives at Bomas for talks with IEBC’s Chebukati

Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka
NASA co-principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka at a past event.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has arrived at the Bomas of Kenya ahead of a consultative meeting with the electoral commission on the fresh presidential poll slated for October 26.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila made his way to Bomas at around 11.35am accompanied by co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Senator James Orengo for a pre-poll meeting organized by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.

NASA Co-Principals at the Bomas of Kenya VIP lounge ahead of a meeting with the IEBC

President Uhuru Kenyatta is also expected at the same venue for talks to end the impasse that has raised political temperatures, leading to mass protests in opposition strongholds and the capital city.

“We look forward to meeting with the presidential candidates today. We hope to create a common understanding on the October 26 poll,” the IEBC said on its official Twitter page Tuesday morning.

The electoral commission is set to meet President Kenyatta and Odinga separately, unlike last time where Jubilee and NASA teams held a joint meeting.

According to Commissioner Roselyn Akombe, the two presidential candidates will be briefed on measures put in place to ensure a credible repeat election.

The NASA team has already made its way into the meeting with President Kenyatta expected to meet IEBC later on.

NASA leaders in the closed-door meeting with the IEBC on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Last week, a joint closed-door meeting with NASA and Jubilee Party representatives was unsuccessful after Opposition leaders walked out to protest the amendments to electoral laws tabled in parliament by Jubilee.

It was then that Chebukati said he would seek to meet Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta in person and not their representatives.

“Next time we want principals to come in person. We don’t want their generals to cause sideshows here ahead of the election…we must meet sooner rather than later,” the IEBC Chair stated on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

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