Raila insists thorny issues must be addressed before poll

Raila insists thorny issues must be addressed before poll

Raila Oding has faulted the electoral agency for setting fresh poll date on October 17 before consulting NASA and other stakeholders.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential flag-bearer has insisted that thorny issues must first be addressed before  the fresh presidential vote is held.

On Monday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) held its first full meeting three days after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election was invalidated by the Supreme Court and set the new poll date on October 17, a day also championed for by the Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i who was wary poll date would disrupt the national examinations calendar.

READ: October 17 it is, IEBC says

Among issues that the opposition NASA want addressed include personnel change at the IEBC Secretariat. After the Supreme Court judgment, NASA leaders including Raila, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula demanded that six top IEBC officials fired.

The IEBC officials NASA wants fired include the chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba, director of voter registration Immaculate Kassait, Commissioner in charge of ICT Prof Abdi Yakub Guliye, head of legal affairs Praxidis Tororey, deputy CEO in charge of operations Betty Nyabuto and ICT director James Muhati.

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However, Jubilee leadership has resisted the proposed changes and insisted that the IEBC will conduct the election as currently constituted.

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