Raila Odinga goes all out to seal rigging loopholes in do or die poll

The Opposition has written tens of letters to IEBC with the latest one calling for three top officials to be excluded from poll preparations.

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ODM party leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO: RTE

The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga is working overtime to ensure he has sealed all possible rigging loopholes he believes could deny him “a third win” in a second showdown with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

To make sure he is not rigged out of the August 8 polls, Raila has has sought redress of the courts in order to to eliminate all possible electoral theft, with just 21 days left to the unprecedented presidential polls.

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IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati with NASA luminaries Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula, Musalia Mudavadi amd Kalonzo Musyoka address the media after their meeting at the Capital Hill on February 8, 2017. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

The Raila-led Nasa has also written countless letters to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) heads, demanding assurances that the election will be tamper proof.

Raila has said again and again that his victory was stolen in 2007 and in 2013 and was not going to sit and watch as another victory is taken from his grasp.

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IEBC on the other hand has assured the Opposition coalition that technology being used, including the results transmission system (RTS), can’t fail.

“The Commission, with the support of suppliers, has taken initiatives that will guarantee the security of the RTS infrastructure. These include hardening of the RTS database, provision of primary and secondary data centres, secure cloud backup, tools for incident reporting and management, deployment of encryption tools, use of virtual private network, among others,” the IEBC said.

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During a recent highly-publicised interview, Raila said he will accept defeat on August 8 but only if all voters are identified through biometrics and the Al Ghurair company does not print the presidential ballot papers.

“If the EVIDS [electronic voter identification devices] function properly that will eliminate the possibility of ghost voters and dead voters resurrecting, voting and then going back to their graves … If we can get assurance from the IEBC that is not going to be the case and that nobody is going to vote unless they are identified biometrically, then we will accept the results,” Raila told Smriti Vydyarthi of NTV.

Zipo.co.ke has also learnt that this past Monday (July 10), Raila’s presidential campaign team, demanded the removal of three top IEBC staff, including CEO Ezra Chiloba.

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In the momorandum, the Alliance demanded that Chiloba, Director of ICT James Muhati and Director of Voter Registration Immaculate Kassait be excluded from poll preparations.

According to Nasa, Kassait is the Jubilee “point man” in IEBC, that she reports to State House on a regular basis.

The Opposition also claims that the audit by KPMG was shoddy and a major betrayal of the people of Kenya, as put by coalition co-principal Musalia Mudavadi on June 13.