NASA sets date for fresh polls – February 9, 2018

Raila Odinga
NASA leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO: CAPITAL FM

The National Super Alliance insists on a new presidential election and has set February 9, 2018 as D-Day, terming the August 8 and October 26 polls ‘shambolic’.

The Opposition on Tuesday, November 7, kicked off the creation of the People’s Assemblies in all the 47 counties, a platform that will be used to push for creation of a new electoral body to oversee next year’s polls.

NASA leaders, led by Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi, at a press conference in Nairobi yesterday. PHOTO: LUKE AWICH/THE STAR

The Opposition begun by distributing the People’s Assemblies motion documents to the counties for deliberations.

In the document seen by, the coalition is seeking the support of MCAs to declare the two presidential elections – where President Uhuru Kenyatta emerged winner – as invalid, unconstitutional and illegal citing the low voter turnout and failure by IEBC to ‘follow’ the law.

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Also, the motion seeks to have the current Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission disbanded and a new one created to oversee the February repeat presidential election.

Led by Nasa co-principal Moses Wetangula, the coalition noted that in places where they lack the numbers, the people will directly form the assemblies without passing through the county assemblies.

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But in cases where the affiliate parties wields the majority, they will set up the assemblies through the MCAs.

“As we have said before, as a people, we are not powerless against a government that has closed its ears to reason and logic,” reads part of the statement by Wetangula.

“Beginning this week, therefore, the county assemblies of the Republic of Kenya shall be presented with a Motion to create a People’s Assembly through which the people of Kenya shall henceforth exercise their sovereignty up to and until the holding of proper elections in this country,” he said.

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Defending the assemblies, the Senator for Bungoma who doubles up as Ford Kenya leader, noted the creation of the groupings are provided for by the Constitution.

Nasa is leading its supporters though the NRM, to boycott products and services of companies thought to have abetted the rigging of the August 8 election. They include Safaricom, Brookside Dairy and Bidco.