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

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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.

/LAMECK BARAZA

Former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo ad­dresses res­i­dents at Wa­gai on April 14

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