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Repeat poll won’t meet threshold, says Akombe

Former IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe yesterday said she did not believe next week’s fresh presidential election would meet the threshold set by the Supreme Court.

Speaking to Citizen TV from New York, Akombe, who resigned from the commission on Tuesday while in the United States, said the August 8 election which was nullified by the Supreme Court on September 1, was a more credible process than what can be expected next Thu–rsday. She said the environment in which the electoral body is operating had changed and could not guarantee a credible process.

Akombe also cited technology and process shortcomings raised by the Supreme Court which she said had not been addressed. She said she would support IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati should he decide to resign, saying he means well for the country.

The former IEBC commissioner also dismissed claims that she was a mole of either Jubilee or Nasa saying she did not take up the IEBC job to be partisan. Wake-up call Speaking earlier to an American radio station, Akombe said she would stand by the truth no matter the consequences.

“My mother and father always taught me to stick with the truth, to stand with the truth. If the truth means that Nasa will be blamed so be it. If the truth means Jubilee will be blamed, so be it.

But I am hoping this is a wake-up call for my compatriots to take a second look at what exactly is going on in the commission,” Akombe told NPR radio. She said she was speaking out in the hope that some sober heads who would take up the issues she had raised on the election process. “I cannot just be a crazy person to wake up and raise these issues.

I am speaking out because I passionately care for my country and I do not want to see it go down,” she said. She was also concerned that the country could be headed to violence similar to what happened after the disputed 2007 presidential election where thousands were killed and scores injured.

At some point, Akombe broke down and ended the interview. “I’m sorry you got me a little emotional I will not be able to continue with this,” she told the interviewer.

Akombe was on an official visit to Dubai to check the progress of printing ballot papers for next week’s election but detoured to the US, where she announced her decision to quit. Her resignation has thrown the bisieged commission into a deeper crisis and increased doubts about success of next Thursday’s election.

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