NASA to drop election demands but ‘Chiloba must go’

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NASA's Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka during their rally in Kibera, Nairobi, on July 18, 2017. PHOTO: ENOS TECHE/THE STAR

The Opposition has hinted at dropping its ‘irreducible minimums’ but only if the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and Jubilee party do two things.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) leadership wants CEO Ezra Chiloba and other officials in the commission to quit and the ruling party drops its proposed changes to Election Law which make it impossible for the Supreme Court to Annul a presidential election.

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Nasa supporters converge at Uhuru Gardens, Mombasa for anti-IEBC demo. PHOTO: TWITTER/@Nation_Politics

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka said recently that the coalition will participate in the October 26 repeat presidential election, if the two demands are met within the said period.

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“If Chebukati sacks Chiloba today and President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy drop their mischievous election laws amendment bill currently executed on their behalf in Parliament, I will request Raila that we teach Jubilee a lesson in the repeat polls,” the Standard quoted Kalonzo.

Kaolonzo is Nasa’s second in command and now says the coalition is willing to allow controversial French firm OT-Morpho to transmit election results for the repeat poll despite accusing it of bungling the August 8 poll.

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He said the Opposition will also drop its demands to have IEBC cancel its contract with Dubai-based printer Al Ghurair that has been contracted once again to print the ballots to be used in the fresh election.

This was revealed just hours after IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati named on Friday, October 6, a new team that will oversee the poll that is just 19 days away, but which excluded Chiloba and other officials linked to rigging by Nasa.

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Chiloba will not have an active role in the election, never mind the Supreme Court refused to hold him directly responsible for the sins that led to the botched August exercise.