IEBC says it won’t be intimidated by NASA

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IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati during his vetting for the position by Parliament's Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, January 10, 2017. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has raised concerns following threats by the National Super Alliance (NASA) to boycott the elections if the commission does not withdraw a contentious court case.

The Raila Odinga-led Opposition on Sunday, May 14, demanded that the IEBC drops the case it has appealed at the Court of Appeal or the coalition will pull out of the elections.

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NASA Coalition principals Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Isaac Ruto, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka hold hands in Solidarity during their Rally at Uhuru Park on April 27, 2017. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

The electoral body made the move after the High Court ruled that election results announced at the constituency tallying centre be final and shall therefore not be altered or verified by any other person except an election court.

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“Our appeal at the Court of Appeal is in regard to seeking clarifications of the ruling of the High Court about declaration of results and interpretations of how that ruling aligns with various articles of the Constitution of Kenya,” said the commission in a statement released on Monday, May 15.

The Wafula Chebukati-Chaired commission has warned Raila and his team that demanding the withdrawal of the case would amount to intimidation.

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“We want to remind all political players in the country that IEBC, just like any other Kenyan, has the right to seek the protection of the Judiciary and the Courts on matters that need legal interpretation. Coming forth to threaten IEBC that unless it withdraws the case, there would be a boycott of the elections amounts to a threat of the independence of IEBC and muffling an entity from pursuing a right that is enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya,” the statement also reads.

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Chebukati urged Nasa to be enjoined in the case if it so wishes or forever hold its peace and await the appeal’s ruling.

Wafula maintained that IEBC was determined to deliver a free, fair and credible election that guided by law and governed by the Constitution and Election Laws.