Let neutral body oversee poll to boost confidence – Midiwo
Former Gem MP wants an international firm and the UN to oversee the repeat presidential election, saying IEBC has lost credibility over the bungled August 8 poll
Former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo wants the government to contract a private international firm to conduct the new presidential election.
He said this would win back public confidence and ease anxiety.
Midiwo said the United Nations should also help in overseeing the process in a bid to deliver a fair, transparent and credible election.
“Private international firms and the UN can conduct the poll to the satisfaction of anxious Kenyans,” Midiwo added.
Midiwo was speaking to the press in Siaya town on Saturday. He also instructed his lawyers to petition the election of Elisha Odhiambo as Gem MP, saying it was irregular.
The former ODM deputy Minority leader attacked claims that there is no time to disband the IEBC and appoint new commissioners.
Midiwo said the embattled IEBC under chairman Wafula Chebukati has lost public confidence.
He regretted that in 2013, the lion’s share of Sh15 billion for the General Election was channeled towards securing a credible poll, only for the process to be hijacked.
“This year, we allocated S40 billion for a credible poll only for a repeat of 2013 to occur,”added Midiwo. He said the IEBC cannot be trusted.
His remarks come barely a day after Chebukati said he would preside over the new election after the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory
Chebukati said the court vindicated the IEBC. It is the only body constitutionally mandated to conduct the election in the country.
Uhuru, during a rally in Nakuru on Saturday, said the electoral agency would conduct the election, despite protests by the opposition.
He said proposing the UN and international firms to oversee the election would not be allowed under his government.
Former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo addresses residents at Wagai on April 14