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Adhere to court ruling on ballot printing, IEBC told

The National Supper Alliance (Nasa) principals asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to respect High Court ruling on presidential ballot paper printing, calling for a quick fresh tendering.

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga, while addressing series of political rallies at the Coast, insisted that there was still enough time for a fresh process, expressing confidence that there will be credible polls if a new printing company does the job.

“We urge IEBC to honour the court ruling on presidential ballot paper printing. We want a fresh advertisement done since we still have some enough time before we go for general elections,” said Odinga.

The High Court last week in its ruling quashed award of the tender for printing of ballots for the August 8, presidential election to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company. In its ruling, a three-judge bench hearing a judicial review filed by Nasa found that the electoral commission failed to conduct adequate public participation, a move that goes against constitutional requirements.

Raila also urged the coastal region to vote for Nasa just as they voted for the then Cord coalition which he was the flag bearer in the 2013 election. “The coast has been hit by historical land injustices, we therefore urge you to vote for Nasa.

Our first priority will be the implementation of the TJRC report to address land challenges at the Coast,” said Raila. And while addressing a political rally at Mtwapa town, Kilifi county Nasa co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka praised the court ruling saying Kenyans are beginning to enjoy the independence of the Judiciary.

“We are happy at least the Judiciary has begun showing its independence, we therefore urge the IEBC to fasten a new process for advertising. We are confident that it will deliver credible polls if it honours court ruling,”said Kalonzo.

The electoral commission has called for a meeting today with all presidential candidates to seek their views on sourcing of ballot papers for the presidential election after the High Court nullified a tender issued to the Dubai-based company.

Kalonzo said the Jubilee administration has failed to deliver its 2013 pledges saying that Nasa government will push for county resource allocation increment from 15 to 45 per cent. “Jubilee has no reason to get into power for a second time, they have failed and that’s why NASA government plans to increase county allocation from 15 to 45 percent,” said Kalonzo.

Joho scoffed at Deputy President William Ruto for his continued tour at the coast saying DP’s intention to push for relocation of port operations were based on his personal interests and not the interests of Kenyans.

Last week Ruto during his tour at the Coast scoffed at Joho for his persistent claims that the Jubilee government intends to transfer the Mombasa port to Naivasha claiming Joho was “exhibiting little education” on the matter.

“I want to tell Ruto that he does not understand how a port operates, therefore he should not take the people of Mombasa for granted. His intention is to ‘kill’ the Port of Mombasa in the name of re-locating services,” said Joho.

The principals ended their three-day tour of the Coast with a major Rally in Malindi town that was also attended by co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula.

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