NASA women leaders on Monday, September 11, protested against what they termed massive buying of national Identity cards from their supporters ahead of the repeat elections.
According to the National Super Alliance legislators, the scheme by Jubilee is meant to reduce the numbers and disadvantage its candidate Raila Odinga’s chances of winning the October 17 presidential poll.
Kenyans are going back to the polls following a ruling by the Supreme Court that rendered the August 8 presidential results as invalid, null and void citing widespread irregularities and illegalities.
For one to be allowed to vote, the electoral agency requires presentation of a national ID as a a mandatory before a registered voter is allowed to cast their vote. Anyone without an original ID is automatically disqualified from participating in the vote.
According to the seven Nasa lawmakers; Agnes Zani (Senate), Jacqueline Oduol (National Assembly), Rose Nyamunga (Senate), Danita Ghati (National Assembly), Gertrude Inimah (Senate), Naomi Masita (Senate) and Mercy Chebeni (Senate), the scheme is ongoing in Ahero (Kisumu), Bungoma, Busia and Kakamega counties.
They said it is traded for Sh1,000 to Sh5,000.
“We want to remind Kenyans their democratic right and responsibility. Do not be swayed to sell your vote,” Oduol said.
“We call on the public to be vigilant and stop attempts to deny Kenyans their democratic right to vote.” She added.
The lawmakers who spoke at the IEBC headquarters in Nairobi’s Anniversary Towers said the poll body as currently constituted is partisan and cannot be trusted to conduct a free, fair and transparent election.