Kenyan opposition demands changes to electoral authority ahead of poll repeat


Kenya’s main opposition leader Raila Odinga has demanded for reforms to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of the repeat presidential elections slated for October 17.

The country’s Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August 8 re-election, saying the IEBC did not conduct the poll in total accordance with the constitutional requirements.

Raila’s NASA coalition has threatened not to participate in the vote if the electoral authority remains as is, saying it will hold nationwide campaigns to push for the changes.

Odinga said Sunday those who perpetrated the illegalities and irregularities in the nullified election remain in place, “claiming readiness to conduct another election.”

The coalition published names of 12 IEBC officers who it says were involved in electoral malpractices in the August 8 vote, including C.E.O Ezra Chiloba

The IEBC earlier this week announced that it plans to hold meetings with both the ruling Jubilee party and NASA to resolve any issues that would hinder a smooth election.

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