Raila gives IEBC officials ultimatum, or NASA ejects them

He says he will not go to an election with the same thieves in office

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NASA leader Raila Odinga addresses journalists at a past press conference. PHOTO: KBC

The National Super Alliance chief Raila Odinga says the coalition is not ready to go back to the polls with the IEBC as currently constituted.

Raila who was speaking at a rally in Kibera on Tuesday, September 12, warned that his team would push out the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission if the personnel they want removed stay put.

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IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and CEO Ezra Chiloba arrive at the press conference where they released the status report on mass voter registration and election preparedness at the Anniversary Towers on February 21, 2017. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

The Opposition organised a rally in Kibera the same day President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the 12th Parliament, a session that was snubbed by the the Opposition MPs.

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Raila who lost to Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 12 elections before the Supreme Court nullified the win, was categorical that the repeat elections slated for October 17 will not be refereed by the very officials who bungled the last presidential poll.

“We are saying we are not ready to go back to an election with those thieves. We have put in place strict rules and we will not allow those officials to oversee another election,” Raila said.

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Raila’s address comes hot on the heels of the announcement by IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati that the poll body officials had sorted out their differences amid reports of a major fallout.

Chebukati, on Monday, September 11, said they were now focused on conducting the election that is just 33 days away, adding that they are non partisan and their allegiance was to the people of Kenya.

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“They now claim IEBC are now United to do the elections. We are saying we are not ready for those thieves again,” an unconvinced Raila warned.