Mu­davadi says no to de­lay in elec­tion date

Calls it plot to keep Ju­bilee in power

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - HIL­TON OTENYO @hiltonotenyo

ANC leader Musalia Mu­davadi yes­ter­day said a pro­posal by the Na­tional As­sem­bly to post­pone elec­tions next year is a vi­o­la­tion of the peo­ple’s will.

The date is Au­gust 8, 2017, but there have been calls to push it back be­cause new poll re­quire­ments are com­pli­cated and a new IEBC has not been sworn in.

A de­lay would keep the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion in of­fice longer.

Chang­ing the date would re­quire a con­si­tu­tional amend­ment and some law­mak­ers want to in­tro­duce one.

The Con­sti­tu­tion pro­vides gen­eral elec­tions be held on the first Tues­day of Au­gust of ev­ery fifth year.

“When Kenyans over­whelm­ingly voted for a per­ma­nent date, they did away with the date be­ing used as a se­cret weapon by the in­cum­bent. The elec­tion date as en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion is meant to set a tra­di­tion and to pro­vide cer­tainty and pre­dictabil­ity of elec­tions,” Mu­davadi said in a state­ment.

He said mov­ing the date will cre­ate a con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis as it will pro­long the term of the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“It is sus­pi­cious how clum­sily Par­lia­ment amended the Elec­tions Act and put in place un­work­able dead­lines. Was it de­lib­er­ate since th­ese amend­ments are now be­ing used to jus­tify post­pon­ing elec­tions?” Mu­davadi asked.

He said the ANC op­poses clan­des­tine at­tempts to “abort’’ the elec­tion date.

Mu­davadi said it is un­for­tu­nate Ju­bilee and Cord have not been force­ful against plans to change the elec­tion date on “flimsy and ridicu­lous ex­cuses”, such as school cal­en­dar and bud­get.

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